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Tomorrow will see people around the world hail the start of the Year of the Horse

Nevin's Notes (16/04/10)

An alternative take on the election

Hold on tight: Britain's amusement parks are closing fast...

... but their historic white-knuckle rides are being rescued. And just in the nick of time

Raymond Wallbank: Blackpool organist known as 'The Prince of North Pier'

Raymond Wallbank was one of the last of the legendary seaside entertainers of yesteryear.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My partner is an alcoholic

Dear Virginia,

My partner is an alcoholic who has been trying to give up drinking for years. He's been in a variety of treatment centres, and attends Alcoholics Anonymous.

Teacher suspended in pupil sex assault probe

A female high school teacher has been suspended amid allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Man held in missing girl murder probe

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teenage girl who disappeared two years ago and is presumed dead.

Stowaway cat makes unexpected coach trip

A search was under way today for the owners of a stowaway cat who travelled 140 miles lodged under the bonnet of a holiday coach.

Peer calls for radical steps to reduce rapes

Introduce free late-night transport for women and teach boys about consent, says Baroness

Body found in hunt for swept-away teenager

A body was found washed up on a beach today on a stretch of coastline where a teenager was swept into the sea.

21 injured on Blackpool rollercoaster

An investigation is underway today after 21 people were injured in a crash on a roller coaster.

Minor British Institutions: Seaside rock

George Formby's song "My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" was a huge hit for the buck-toothed maestro of the ukulele in 1937, the peak of rock as a desirable seaside treat. By the way, the BBC banned George's song on the grounds of its rude lyrics, including the line, "It may be sticky but I never complain, it's nice to have a nibble at it now and again", that indeed being one of the trademark attractions of seaside rock.

Probe after blaze wrecks empty Blackpool hotel

A fire which destroyed a prominent building in a seaside resort could be arson, the fire service said today.

Crusaders seek relief from troubles

Welsh club is in crisis but coach believes his struggling team will battle through

Alan Watkins: Too incompetent to get things wrong

Good order and political discipline have broken down and the Prime Minister will still be blamed for the Iraq war

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