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Oxford win boat race

Oxford University stormed to victory over Cambridge in the 155th Xchanging Boat Race.

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The home I grew up in... We moved to the West Coast of the US when I was 10 years old, and our house was East Coast implanted on California soil. It was filled with classical music; my brother was a pianist.

Spruce almighty: Style experts reveal how to trim your Christmas tree

Stars or fairies? Candles or lights? Bows or tinsel? Dressing the Christmas tree is always a fiercely personal affair. We asked four style experts to show us how they are decorating theirs this year.

Can you dig it? The easy alternative to clearing an overgrown allotment

I am a black-plastic convert. It's been a slow process. When I first took over my allotment last autumn I had very different ideas: walking around for the first time with Jane, my new allotment chief, I was proudly shown how she had covered her entire plot in black polypropylene sheeting. "You can buy it from the garden centre up on the A40," she enthused.

Rowing: Light Blues can ride white horses to victory

The Boat Race once again looks like being a contest of power versus grace. Oxford, a shade under the weight of the heaviest crew on record, bat along through the waves and chuck a lot of water about. Cambridge ride the surface – the substitution of Ryan Monaghan for Shane O'Mara in the stroke seat on Wednesday night has not ruptured their rhythm. This could favour the Dark Blues in calm water and the Light Blues, who are not significantly lighter, in rough conditions over the championship course of four-and-a-quarter miles. They performed a brilliant start in waves yesterday.

Black Eyed Peas, Hammersmith Apollo, London

It's not often that Chiswick is name-checked at a hip hop gig, but this was no ordinary rap showcase. For Black Eyed Peas are a rarity in the genre as an outfit that came to fame on the live circuit. And it showed throughout the course of a vibrant hour-and-a-half set.

Family finds father-of-two stabbed to death by burglar at their home

A father of two young children was stabbed to death when he confronted a burglar at his home in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Me And My Home: A rescue home for flowers

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