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Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.

Sports Stars Media to announce AIM float

A sports cartoon business with exclusive rights to use the image of Portuguese football manager José Mourinho is set to announce its intention to float tomorrow.

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

Mark Steel: Lost in the car insurance labyrinth

To sense the irrational terrifying chaos that drives the modern economy you should get someone to drive into your parked car in the middle of the night. I went on this course yesterday and it's a splendid education. It begins with the relative calm of answering the door to see the police stood before you, an image that makes anyone decent think, "Bollocks, I must have been on CCTV", or "They can't STILL be after me for the poll tax".

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Donating to crisis appeals such as your Give a Day's Pay appeal for Somalia is extremely important, and saves lives.

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A dose of reality is just the ticket

Children's television lacks female role models, says MP

Lib Dem politician calls for sexual equality on screen

American Trade, Hampstead Theatre, London

Gay, black and from a troubled background in Miami, Tarell Alvin McCraney announced himself on these shores in 2007, with The Brothers Size at the Young Vic. Effortlessly straddling contemporary life in Louisana and immemorial myth, the play was a mesmerisingly ritualistic three-hander about an intense sibling relationship. Now we have American Trade, which is largely set in London and which has a large cast of 18 performers. Well, that's what comes from spending so much time here – specifically as the writer in residence of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson named Children's Laureate

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson has been unveiled as the new Children's Laureate and said she will "relish" the role.

David Prosser: Where there's muddy puddles, there's brass

Outlook Parents of pre-schoolers will testify that the loyalty of this demographic knows no limits – and also that Entertainment One's Peppa Pig is the proud owner of an awful lot of that loyalty just now (even if fathers might have a thing or two to say about Daddy Pig, who isportrayed as a fat, lazy dimwit).

Knighton advises Noddy owner

Chorion, owner of the children’s television characters Mr Men and Noddy, has been working with financial restructuring expert Edward Knighton on the company’s financial position.

Met Office head faced 'Climategate' threats

The head of the Met Office has said that he received death threats from climate-change sceptics. John Hirst, chief executive of the organisation, said the threats were made after the "Climategate" data-fixing controversy and the much derided "barbecue summer" prediction made by the Met Office in 2009.

Tomorrow, When The War Began (12A)

Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood

Choppy waters ahead for Blue Peter

Blue Peter faces the prospect of moving away from BBC1 and losing its famous garden. Gerard Gilbert asks if it will still be here when they dig up its last time capsule
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Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

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A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
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Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

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Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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