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Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

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Fancy French signings find favour with Newcastle

New arrivals impressed on their debut for Newcastle writes Simon Hart

Clubs warned over 'financial abyss' of debt crisis

The former England coach Tony Smith has welcomed a damning report that claims Super League clubs are on the edge of "a financial abyss".

HS2 the high-speed rail from London to Manchester will be nice, but it won't do much for the North

A one-hour journey time to the North could put Stockport in the capital's commuter belt. Whatever happened to investing in neglected Northern towns?

Forget the ballboy farce, the Swansea manager Michael Laudrup deserves the headlines for beating Chelsea and taking his team to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup not expecting cup hangover

Swansea take on Sunderland tomorrow night

Danny Graham: The striker has been marginalised by Michu’s arrival

Martin O'Neill admits Sunderland are desperate for striking reinforcements

Swansea's Danny Graham is at the top of the wish list

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Discontent in 'Brontë country' as Thornton takes on Haworth as the 'true birthplace' of the famous sisters

Ever since the Brontë Parsonage Museum was founded in 1928 the Yorkshire tourism mecca  of Haworth has been a the undisputed capital of "Bronte Country".

King Bee: Brentford manager Uwe Rösler has spearheaded the club’s success on the pitch

Michael Calvin: Bees' taste of honey sweetens sour taste of modern football

The Last Word: Brentford and a professional gambler are out to show that maybe there is life in the old game yet

Clearing snow on Tynemouth beach, yesterday

Big thaw and rain bring flood misery

Britain is bracing itself for severe flooding today as heavy rain is added to thawing snow and ice.

Snow brings M6 to stand still while flooding hits other areas of Britain

Heavy snow has closed the M6 motorway in both directions after lorries jacknifed across carriageways while flooding in other areas of the country has led to various traffic problems.

Aston Villa succumbed to a late John Marquis winner at Millwall

Millwall humiliation caps Lambert's nightmare week

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Jonathan de Guzman ready for league cup final with Swansea City

Jonathan de Guzman has warned his Swansea team-mates their attitude must be spot on if the club's first major cup final appearance is not to end in disappointment.

The top 20 burglary hotspots

Here are the top 20 postcodes where homeowners are most likely to have claimed on home insurance for burglary, followed by the top 20 least likely.

Revealed: The UK's burglary hotspots, and in first place is... Leeds

The UK's burglary hotspots were revealed today, including the postcode area where homes are most likely to have been targeted by thieves.

Britannia to disappear from high street as Co-op bank closes 37 branches

The Co-operative Bank today announced plans to close 37 branches and confirmed it will roll out a rebrand that will see the Britannia name disappear from the high street.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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