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Dappy’s management were allegedly forced to pay bailiffs £6,000 after the debt collectors threatened to raid the Celebrity Big Brother house to extract the money they claimed to be owed.

Celebrity Big Brother star Dappy’s management forced to pay bailiffs £6,000 after they threatened to raid CBB House

Dappy apparently signed a £100,000 deal for the latest series of the show

Frank Skinner believes he 'made the right decision' to refuse a job on Benefits Street, despite never having seen the show

Benefits Street: Comedian Frank Skinner turned down narrating job

The comedian did not want to offend residents dependent on benefits

Album review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 'Give the People What They Want' (Daptone)

A stalwart soul sister comes back fighting

Sam Smith collaborated with Naughty Boy on 'La La La'

Sam Smith crowned BBC Sound of 2014 winner

The rising star beat competition from Ella Eyre and Banks to take the prize

Brendan Rodgers will meet mentor Jose Mourinho for the first time on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts FA charge over referee comments

The Reds boss made reference to where Lee Mason came from

Rapper Dappy used the anti-gay slur 'bent' in a conversation with Jasmine Waltz

Celebrity Big Brother 2014: N-Dubz rapper Dappy warned by producers after 'bent' remark

Channel 5 have 'reprimanded' the N-Dubz rapper for his language

Shia LaBeouf appears on a poster for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac

Shia LaBeouf: I was asked to send pictures of my penis to Nymphomaniac producers

The actor has revealed he is 'not extremely well-endowed' in past interviews

Simon Fuller, creator of the Pop Idol format

Pop Idol's Simon Fuller: X Factor, The Voice and Britain's Got Talent are killing talent shows

Fuller warned too many copycat shows are killing the talent show genre

The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right has been awarded an MBE.

David Cameron’s hairdresser Lino Carbosiero awarded an MBE. Because he’s worth it.

The prime minister faced fresh accusations of cronyism after it was revealed that his hairdresser appeared in the New Year Honours List last week

Will Smith has finally paid tribute to the late James ‘Uncle Phil’ Avery.

James Avery death: Will Smith finally plays tribute to late ‘Uncle Phil’ star

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star posted a moving message to the actor, who died on New Year's Eve aged 65 during open heart surgery

Daft Punk and Steve Wonder are collaborating for a performance at the Grammy Awards on 26 January

Daft Punk set to team up with Stevie Wonder at Grammy Awards 2014

The soul legend will perform with the dance duo at the event on 26 January

Kanye West gets his own virtual currency...The Coinye West

New virtual currency to coin in with rapper Kanye West

Best of 2014: Pop preview

Andy Gill picks this year's must-hear pop music

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor 'didn't want to be the guy that messed it up'

The actor told the BBC he was 'hesitant' about playing Solomon Northup

Avery acted on stage and screen and voiced many popular characters in animations

James Avery: Star whose role as Uncle Phil in the American sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' won him fans worldwide

The American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air brought international fame to James Avery as the wealthy Uncle Phil, who welcomes into his huge, ornate mansion his nephew – played by the real-life rapper Will Smith – when the streetwise teenager runs into trouble in a tough West Philadelphia neighbourhood.

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Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

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Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

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