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The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

A very special duvet day, by Paul Magrs

For weeks we've been exhorting you to spend, spend, spend, but now that the presents have (with any luck) been bought and the preparations are complete, it's time to ponder the deeper meaning of Christmas. We asked our favourite writers to rant, reflect or reminisce on a festive theme. As Ronald Hutton explains, the last thing you should feel at this time of year is guilty, so sit down with a mince pie and enjoy

Road to the World Cup: Mission miraculous for Vaughan

Good news is the captain is back. Bad news is England are terrible at one-day game

Brown endorses Blair's plans for more nuclear power stations

Gordon Brown is to throw his weight behind Tony Blair's controversial plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in a setback to opponents of the move. The Chancellor believes that giving nuclear power a new lease of life is part of the solution to Britain's energy problems.

Radzinski sharpens Fulham's focus

Fulham 2 - Watford 0

Racing: Dods keeps up double roll

Michael Dods's rich vein of form continued at Beverley yesterday when the Darlington-based trainer saddled his third double in four days. He had been on the mark with a brace at Ayr on Saturday and repeated the feat at Musselburgh on Monday before Three Pennies and Rotuma added to his tally on the Westwood.

Baby dies in transfer after maternity unit cuts emergency care

The safety of low-tech maternity units is being questioned after an unborn baby died when her mother had to be transferred from one hospital to another. That was two days after the unit had switched from providing emergency treatment during childbirth to catering for only the most straightforward cases.

Hot Spot: Darlington

The birthplace of train travel still provides smooth connections - and bargains - for commuters, says Robert Liebman
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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
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Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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The acceptable face of the Emirates

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