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Pandora: Suralan's seat stays empty at conference

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DJ Taylor: A bunch of Charlies

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My secret life: Ronan Keating, musician, 32

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You write the reviews: Boyzone, Wembley Arena, London

Eight years ago, I took my then 12-year-old daughter to see Boyzone for the fourth time. Their songs formed the soundtrack to her pre-pubescent life. Those concerts were fun, apart from the screaming girls with their ear-piercing whistles and huge banners. They were also notable for the number of self-conscious small daughters, with slightly embarrassed mothers in tow, who took a vicarious pleasure from the whole thing and gradually let themselves go as the evening wore on.

Border town protest over missile attacks from Gaza

Amir Peretz, the Israeli Defence Minister, has warned critics clamouring for more draconian military action against Gaza militants launching Qassam rockets into Israel that wholesale escalation could increase rather than reduce the attacks.

Letters: Immigration and women

Immigration: remove all controls on women and reap the benefits

Maybe the lottery should fund racism training

When Jesus told of the good Samaritan, I bet the 'Mail' said: 'Huh, political correctness gone mad'

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Singles

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1 (1) Millennium Prayer Cliff Richard

Music: Top 10 albums

1 (2) Come on Over Shania Twain

And they said that Cliff didn't have a prayer...

SIR CLIFF Richard last night went to the top of the charts singing The Lord's Prayer to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne". Future students of the fin-de-siecle zeitgeist will have to make up their own minds as to what this says about Britain on the eve of a new millennium.

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