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It is approaching that time of the year when you take a backward look and think to yourself: what do I know now that I didn’t know a year ago?

Bouncer not guilty of nightclub rape

A doorman was cleared today of raping a customer in the toilets of celebrity club.

Watchdog to investigate leaked BNP list of alleged members

The information watchdog is to launch an investigation after a list apparently containing the personal details of thousands of members of the British National Party (BNP) was leaked onto the internet for the second time in less than a year.

Police called after Gascoigne 'headbutted bouncer'

Police were called to a snooker club after former football star Paul Gascoigne allegedly headbutted a bouncer.

A law unto himself: Robert Chalmers meets Aspen's gonzo lawman Bob Braudis

Bob Braudis has been sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, for more than two decades. A close personal friend of Hunter S Thompson, he has adopted many of the gonzo writer's beliefs in office. Yet this former gang member, whose jail has been mocked for being as comfy as his own home, is as big a hit with local ultra-conservative billionaires as he is with libertarians

Making a virtue of moderation

Rob Marcus is paid to keep online chatrooms free from libel and bullying. He tells Ian Burrell the secrets of the job

Director beaten after showing no interest in dancer, court told

A company director's lack of interest in a Stringfellows dancer ended with him being floored by a "devastating" punch and left unconscious on the pavement outside, a court heard today.

Simon Carr: The apprentice peer takes his seat

The Sketch: Sugar looked terribly out of place, and not just because of his face, and his fame

The day live music died

A new layer of government bureaucracy is threatening to pull the plug on pub rock. Andy McSmith reports

Tom Sutcliffe: We are owned by the things that we own

How many of us, I wonder, felt a twinge of envy when reading that the artist Jasper Joffe plans to sell absolutely everything he possesses and start again from scratch? True, we might not envy the circumstance that has lead to this decision – which was the unexpected ending (involuntary on his part) of a five-year relationship – but the idea of total divestment has a deep and seductive allure, at least for those lucky enough not to have to dread the prospect that it might actually happen, through flood or war.

Bob Willis: 'I was in the zone. I just wanted to bowl fast'

The Brian Viner Interview: In the summer of 1981, he left Australia's batsmen reeling. As another Ashes beckons, he shares his fears for England's current bowling line-up

Islamist group has to abandon relaunch debate

The public relaunch of the controversial Islamist group Al Muhajiroun descended into chaos last night as a debate between the sect’s UK leader and the director of a centre right think tank had to be abandoned. 

Parnell gives South Africa the look of world-beaters

South Africa 183-7 West Indies 163-9 (South Africa win by 20 runs)

Credit crisis diary: Mandelson's shadowy doorman

Business minister Lord Mandelson is usually charm personified, but was that just a hint of snobbishness we detected during his appearance at a conference jointly sponsored by the ABI and the CBI yesterday? Mandy started his speech by saying how pleased he had been to have been met at the door of the do by Lord Hunt of Wirral, his Conservative shadow. "I don't think he was the doorman," he added.

DVD: Clubbed (18)

This British gangster film, set in Coventry in the 1980s, tells the story of Danny (Mel Raido), a divorced father-of-two who finds his life is at a dead end.

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