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Cult TV series aside, Malene Birger is one of Denmark's greatest exports, and last month she celebrated ten years in business

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Some good news about Ireland. No, it's not that austerity seems to be working and that Dublin is regaining access to the financial markets and is now less dependent on life support from Europe. Austerity may indeed be working, but the social costs are huge and continuing, and they are falling largely on people who had nothing to do with the disaster. So any success has to be set against those costs.

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Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

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Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

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TV review: Borgen, Battle Ready

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

Get me out of here: London, Finland, Antigua

Now... For £499, there's a room at a top London hotel for New Year's Eve. The Sanderson has a package with a night's stay, champagne, admission to the "Sanderson Sessions" party with Marina and the Diamonds and brunch the next day. Morganshotelgroup.com/nye

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Squash: Sport hopes it is third time lucky in bid to join exclusive Olympic club

After making changes to please the IOC, the sport is confident of winning race to be at 2020 Games

In the early 1980s scientists found that cranberry juice could help tackle urine infections

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Cranberry juice provides no meaningful protection against cystitis, contrary to the belief of large numbers of women, say scientists.

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Oscar scores a brilliant goal, his second of the night as Chelsea and Juventus draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

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