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Those magical Centre Court tickets were rather easier for some to procure than for others. Being Scottish helped, naturally: there was Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister. Multiple Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy had a seat, as did the star of ‘The 300’, actor Gerard Butler. The latter had somehow colour co-ordinated his grey jacket with a non-Scot on his right, Hollywood idol Bradley Cooper, which perhaps explains the pair’s smug, sunglassed selfie, captured for posterity on Twitter.

Asda bosses will rue dumping Coleen for glamorous Carla

Proof that Asda is run by people who haven't learnt the first rule of dating: never try your luck with anyone hotter than you. Last week an Asda spokesman confirmed that it has dropped Coleen McLoughlin as the face of its George clothing range and is choosing a replacement. "Among the names being considered is Carla Bruni," he revealed. "She's very attractive and a highly stylish person. We feel she would fit in very well with the George look."

Sport on TV: Rohit teaches Ishwar a lesson in the school of hard knocks

After his outburst at referee Mike Riley in midweek, Radio Five Live described Ashley Cole as "divorced from reality" (as opposed to divorced from Cheryl). He is living up to the image of Premier League players as spoilt brats whose salaries somehow put them beyond the law as well as beyond the pale. It's a foul reflection of our culture. You can only hope that the kids watching don't copy him. It's just not cricket.

City of culture, city of style? Scouse: it's the new black

Forget Paris, London and Milan: yesterday saw the launch of Liverpool Fashion Week. The WAGs were out in force but, reports Ciar Byrne, the style world is taking it all very seriously

WAGs: Why focus on these young women with no talent who just want to be rich and famous?

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Pandora: Last Post sounded for Huhne when ballots arrived late

As Chris Huhne breaks for Christmas and contemplates a second failed bid to become leader of the Liberal Democrats, he will have good reason to reflect on what might well have been.

Does anyone understand the offside law?

Deciding whether a player is offside used to be simple but, as Glenn Moore explains, Fifa's new edict on interfering with play makes controversy at the World Cup a virtual certainty

Nothing to declare? Coleen is collared by UK Customs

Coleen McLoughlin has learnt a lot on her meteoric rise to fame and fortune with her fiancé Wayne Rooney. But it seems no one mentioned the function of Customs officers.

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