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Before The Hangover I and II, before Spike Lee weaved his magic off Broadway in New York and before Mike Tyson was a nice guy, it was my onerous duty to take the big lad up on stage to perform for his fans.

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A "Jekyll and Hyde" father who was found guilty of a string of cruelty charges against his children was jailed for five years today.

St Nicholas delivers Post with aplomb

As the runners for the Racing Post Trophy paraded before their defining moments here yesterday a rainbow appeared in the sky to the east, arcing with perfect clarity against a clearing charcoal sky. The timing was perfect; the winner St Nicholas Abbey emerged from the last Group One juvenile contest of the British and Irish season as clear winter favourite for both the 2,000 Guineas and Derby and surely a crock of gold awaits.

Boy shot dead 'for disrespecting gang leader's mother'

A gangland "general" ordered the shooting of a 15-year-old rival who disrespected his mother, a court heard today.

Lucas swings Northants to the brink of promotion

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Jobs threat as easyJet cuts 360 flights a week

EasyJet is scrapping 20 per cent of its flights from London's Luton Airport and pulling out of East Midlands Airport in Derbyshire altogether.

County Championship round-up: Jones keeps calm with fifth ton of season to rescue Kent

Having decided at the tail end of last season that he should relax more at the crease, Geraint Jones has enjoyed a remarkable summer. The former England wicketkeeper scored his fifth Championship century of the season yesterday, in the process holding together Kent's disintegrating innings at Derby. Jones, who also passed 1,000 Championship runs, carried the Second Division leaders to 232 for 5 before rain prevented any play after tea.

Stars can outbattle O'Brien musketeers

Ballydoyle trio take up gauntlet again as Derby winner scares off rivals

Noel Vincent: Priest and broadcaster who was a staunch defender of the BBC's religious programming

Even a quarter of a century ago there were many in senior positions at the BBC who felt that programmes of Christian worship were anachronistic. They could be replaced by programmes which could "reach a younger audience," one speaker suggested at a conference for the staff of BBC Religious Broadcasting in 1983.

Lives Remembered: Derek Broome

The information technology expert Derek Broome was the only child of one of the famous Rolls-Royce engineers of the 1930s and '40s and a local Tory socialite. Born in Derby, from an early age Derek demonstrated he would be different. Sent away to a boarding school he hated in Ely, he discharged himself at 16 and turned up at the Rolls-Royce factory gate in Derby asking to be taken on as an apprentice. As works manager his father (who would continue in this post during the production of Merlin engines for Spitfires and Hurricanes taking part in the Battle of Britain) was consulted on whether the "young Broome" should be taken on. The old man gave his permission in full knowledge of the fearful row which would ensue at home that evening.

Econoblog: Here comes the 'Nasty Decade'

When Total's contractor sacked 900 workers at the firm's Lindsey refinery in Lincolnshire it knew not what it was unleashing.

Pupil power: How children are joining adults to fight academies

Some academies are doing well, but parents, pupils and unions are fighting their introduction – with suprising success. But are ministers helping them enough?

Clough's War, by Don Shaw

In the past couple of years we have had David Peace's 'The Damned Utd' and Duncan Hamilton's 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me', and in a way this book completes a Brian Clough trilogy.

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Debussy gives grandstand display

Perhaps more than any other sport, the defining events of British horseracing are shaped by their setting. Horses, jockeys and punters must adapt daily to bewildering variations, from the remote horizons of Newmarket to the psychedelic whirligig of Chester. Sure enough, the greatest of all races owes everything to its topographical idiosyncrasies.

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