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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Williams leaves Colchester

Colchester have announced manager Geraint Williams is departing the struggling League One club by mutual consent.

You write the reviews: Bellowhead, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape

Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh, is the home of seriously serious music, where nice tunes, although not actually forbidden, are definitely frowned upon. So it's a bit of a mystery how Bellowhead, who have nice tunes in abundance, ended up playing there. Because this was part of the Proms season, many of the audience were getting their first taste of this eccentric 11-piece folk ensemble. The amplification frightened off one or two punters, but the rest were game to stay and give it a go. In the democratic days of Top of the Pops, you feel certain that Bellowhead would have had an "All Around My Hat"-type crossover hit by now and be headlining festivals all over the country.

Alain de Botton: Nice buildings don't always make us better people

I remembered thinking that architecture really mattered quite a lot when I spent time in a building which perhaps taught me more about the power of architecture to influence who we are and how we feel than almost any other I have been in.

The Boy Who Loved Books, By John Sutherland

John Sutherland has had a substantial career as an academic writing about books. This touching, and in places extremely funny memoir, shows how his leap into literature was far from straightforward.

Hannah Marshall: A new queen of darkness

Young designer Hannah Marshall has a fresh take on the classic LBD – a key piece for next season. Black is back, she tells Bethan Cole

She taught the world to sing – but ended up fitting Debenhams bras

As lead vocalist of The New Seekers, with her lilting Scottish accent and luxuriant 1970s hairstyle, Eve Graham was once one of the most famous singers in the world. She had 25 million record sales to her name and a list of acquaintances that ran from Paul McCartney to Henry Kissinger.

Colchester United 0 Stoke City 1: Cresswell puts Stoke within sight of top flight

There was nostalgia and sentiment aplenty at Layer Road for this, Colchester United's last game at the stadium ahead of their move to a new home in the summer. However, it all seemed a little much for one Stoke City player after the game. "It was more like a village fête out there when we were trying to warm up before the game," he remarked. "It was a little off-putting." He had a point.

Richard Chopping: Versatile illustrator best known for his distinctive Bond book jackets

Richard Chopping is probably best known today as the creator of dust-jackets for the publisher Jonathan Cape's Ian Fleming James Bond novels. From Russia with Love (1957), with its pistol and flower design, the skull and rose for Goldfinger (1959), and the slightly eerie spyhole and Ian Fleming's name-plate artwork for For Yours Eyes Only (1960) are distinctively Chopping's work.

Stoke City 2 Bristol City 1: Pottermouth's clarion call heeded by Sidibe

It may have barely been audible over the Britannia Stadium PA system but "Pottermouth's battle cry" says it all about Stoke's push for the Premier League and can also serve as a useful guide to the feature writers who are likely to descend on the Potteries over the next couple of weeks.

Iron Age mystery of the 'Essex druid'

Grave near Colchester could be the first burial site of an ancient mystic ever to be discovered in Britain

Colchester United 2 Ipswich Town 0: Colchester prepare to fall happily through trapdoor

When you are rooted to the bottom of the league table, with eight defeats in your last nine games and just five wins all season, survival becomes a relative concept. A deserved win over local rivals Ipswich thanks to two Scott Vernon goals meant that Colchester rejoiced in a victory which staves off the inevitable relegation by one week at least.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: How can I get out of a rut?

Dear Virginia, I seem to have got into a rut. I bought a flat 10 years ago, got a great job, and thought the world was my oyster. Then I got involved with a man who dropped me, and left my job for another one. There I met another bloke, but got fed up with him, so I'm back on my own – and have accepted a job at the place where I worked 10 years ago! I feel trapped in a cycle like a mouse in a wheel. What can I do? Yours sincerely, Aisling

Colchester United 1 Hull City 3: Campbell's double blow to Colchester

When this fixture was postponed in January due to a waterlogged pitch Colchester may have envisaged celebrating a final floodlit match at Layer Road on a balmy spring evening. Instead the landmark fixture took place in near freezing temperatures, and the Essex club saw what little hope they have of avoiding relegation all but disappear into the night.

Sheringham, 41, calls time on great career

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season. Sheringham, who will turn 42 next month, is currently at the Championship side Colchester United, where he will finally end his 26-year career.

Point-to-Point: Craigmor can make Gundry dash pay off

The former champion Polly Gundry, who is making a determined effort to regain her title, rides at two meetings today. After partnering Rockwithacaveman (11.30) in the opening hunt members at Bishops Court, in Devon, she will then dash across country to Didmarton in Gloucestershire.

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