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Liverpool Biennial 2010: 18 September – 28 November

The Independent is pleased to be supporting Liverpool Biennial 2010; the largest and one of the most exciting contemporary visual arts events in the UK, with 975,000 visits in 2008. Liverpool Biennial 2010 will offer a concentration of quality contemporary art unprecedented in the UK, built on newly commissioned works from the world’s most challenging and ambitious artists.

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The beleaguered doorstep lender Cattles was yesterday forced to admit that it lost nearly £200m more in 2008 than its original estimates.

This Is How, By M.J. Hyland

Patrick Oxtoby, the 23-year old narrator of Hyland's third novel is a bright but tortured young man. Recently ditched by his fiancee, this quiet car mechanic decides to start over in boarding house by the sea. It might be the 1960s, but creature comforts are in short supply, and Patrick shares his new accommodation with two other callow youths – would-be boon companions, if only he knew how to make friends.

The Magnificent Spilsbury by Jane Robins

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Davis deals blow to Grayling's ambition to be Home Secretary

Chris Grayling's chances of becoming the next Home Secretary took a further blow yesterday after one of his high-profile predecessors suggested he would be willing to return to the post should David Cameron form the next Government.

I'm voting Labour, founder of Tory gay rights group says

Grayling's B&B gaffe provokes revolt against Cameron

Hit & Run: It's crunch time for the Blairs

One of the problems with owning a Grade I listed building is that when you burn your toast, the fire brigade is automatically alerted. It's something Cherie and Tony Blair learned on Saturday to their peril, when two Buckinghamshire fire crews were called to their Wotton Underwood home after a breakfast-time toasting session went up in smoke. Perhaps the Blairs need to invest in an up-to-the-minute luxury toaster, such as one of the three we've chosen, below. Those after-dinner speaking engagements have got to be worth something, after all.

Letters: Fixed terms for Parliament

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Gay rights row engulfs Tories after Grayling gaffe

Shadow minister criticised for defending right of B&Bs to refuse same-sex couples

At The Chime of a City Clock, By DJ Taylor

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Police investigate 'homophobic' guest house Swiss B&B

Police were investigating an alleged "homophobic incident" today after a gay couple claimed they were turned away from a bed & breakfast.

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