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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.

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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

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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

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Strictly star charged with dangerous driving

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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