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Marc Bolland, the new chief executive of Marks & Spencer, is proving accident-prone when it comes to his colleagues. First Ian Dyson, the retailer's finance director, resigned a day after Mr Bolland's arrival, and now he will have to do without Kate Bostock, head of general merchandise, for a while. She broke her leg at the weekend doing a charity parachute jump. M&S is unable to say when she'll be back to work – on the plus side, Bostock raised £30,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Rachel Stevens confirms pregnancy

Former chart star Rachel Stevens is pregnant with her first child, it was announced today.

Healey calls on England to show that old Johnno spirit

Motor-mouth can't keep quiet as players fall short of his old friend's standards

Nevin's Notes (05/05/10)

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Presenter Claudia Winkleman was today announced as Jonathan Ross's successor as host of Film 2010.

Ex-Eastender Natalie Cassidy expecting first baby

Former EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy has announced she is pregnant with her first child.

Top chef Raymond Blanc slams 'TV sensationalism'

Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc has criticised the TV industry for "sensationalising" food.

Dance shows are 'too fluffy', says boss of Sadler's Wells

TV dance programmes dismissed as 'a fad' whose popularity will not endure

Dom Joly: It's hectic at the Ministry of Pointless Annoyance

As both the year and the decade draw to an end and we leave the terribly named "Noughties" for the "Teen" years, one is drawn to reflection on things past. One is mainly drawn to said reflection, because one is bloody busy trying to find some bloody dinosaur toy that is sold out all over the country. One is, therefore, going to give you a list of the things one has loved and hated this year.

Strictly star charged with dangerous driving

Strictly Come Dancing star Ricky Whittle faces a New Year court appearance after being charged with dangerous driving.

Mills is rank outsider to win Dancing on Ice

Heather Mills has joined Dancing on Ice - but bookies make her a rank outsider to win the show.

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