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Outlook Sorry to deflate your balloon, Mr Osborne, but I fear much of the excitement about UK shale gas will prove to be so much fracking hot air.

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Rather than being a cradle-to-grave biopic, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is set almost entirely in Washington DC's parlours and debating chambers in the weeks preceding the crucial vote to abolish slavery.

Calls grow for Dimon to ditch one of his roles at JP Morgan

A second shareholder advisory firm has said that investors in JP Morgan should vote for a non-binding proposal to split Jamie Dimon's responsibilities and appoint an independent chairman.

Robert Milkins, right, came from behind to see off Neil Robertson

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Robert Milkins produced a stunning upset by knocking Australia's Neil Robertson out of the World Championship at the Crucible. In a first round that has seen a host of shocks, the win of the 37-year-old from Gloucester against the world No 2 was among the biggest.

On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Dechawat Poomjaeng

Snooker: Dechawat Poomjaeng has it all to do against Michael White

On a night of comedy and high farce at the Crucible, the joke was on Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Snooker: Mark Davis punishes sloppy John Higgins

Four-time winner John Higgins crashed out of the Betfair World Championship today as Mark Davis sent the Scot packing.

Ben Okri appears at the Oxford Literary Festival on 17 March. (oxfordliteraryfestival.org)

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Ronnie O’Sullivan announces his comeback in London

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'The Rocket' will defend his world title despite not playing at top level since quitting last May

Ronnie O'Sullivan has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia since landing his fourth Crucible title

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan will return to defend world title

O'Sullivan has been on sabbatical

From left: Daniel Day Lewis wins Award for My Left Foot (1990), There Will Be Blood (2008) and Lincoln (2013)

The madness of Daniel Day-Lewis – a unique Method that has led to a deserved third Oscar

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The monumental title of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln may suggest that it's a definitive biopic, but if you're after a comprehensive account of Honest Abe's ascent from prairie lawyer to American president, you'd be better off watching last year's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and fast-forwarding through all the bits with blood-sucking demons in them.

The Saturday Quiz

1. Which chain of stores, founded by Sam Walton, began life in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962?

Adele and Mrs Robbie Williams bond over babies at the Golden Globes

“Oh my god! Honestly, I’ve come out with my friend Ayda, we’re new mums, we’ve literally come out for a night out,” Adele told the audience on Sunday, at full Bond-diva volume, after collecting her Golden Globe for Skyfall.

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