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Man, 66, jailed for sex with horse and donkey

A 66-year-old man was jailed today for having sex with a horse and a donkey.

Andrew Martin: My little bit of Blackpool schlock

Blackpool last week earned a place in the Championship play-off final by beating Nottingham Forest 6-4 on aggregate. The match is at Wembley on Saturday, and I might yet fork out 30-odd quid to go.

Ban for man who failed to halt donkey attacks

A man who failed to stop a donkey from viciously attacking other farm animals was today banned from keeping animals for three years.

Man admits having sex with horse and donkey

A 66-year-old man pleaded guilty today to having sex with a horse and a donkey.

'You people cannot walk, you only move in cars'

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For sale: Gaza zoo where the zebras were not all they seemed

Israeli blockade leaves animals starving and owners with no choice but to sell up

Best for literature lovers: Cévennes

You wouldn't have picked her out as the ideal holiday companion. Yes, she was pretty and petite, with soulful eyes and beguiling eyelashes. But Salomé was also narrow-minded, with a strident voice, crooked teeth, a curious body odour and a broad, hairy backside.

Warrant issued for man accused of sex with donkey

A warrant was issued today in the case of a man accused of having sex with a horse and a donkey after he failed to turn up at court.

Emma Bamford: I never thought a cow could take me by surprise

Perhaps the cows in Derbyshire are particularly keen on unsuspecting ramblers: the bend in my father's telescopic walking pole, gained from whacking an animal across the head in a last-gasp attempt to see it off, is testimony to how dangerous they can be. And I have stared death by cow in its hairy, bovine face and lived to tell the tale.

Johann Hari: The dark seduction of horror films

I was drawn to these movies by my granny, one of the sweetest people I've known

Last Night's Television: Raising the temperature

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Pet of the week: The Poitou donkey

What is it? It's a donkey of the species Equus asinus. The Poitou is a very rare breed with a long shaggy coat, and the most prized are the ones with the nattiest dreadlocks.

Forgotten authors No 10: Gladys Mitchell

Born in 1901, she was one of the "Big Three" female mystery novelists, judged the equal of Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie, but that's not quite accurate – she's more like a mad combination of both. Philip Larkin loved her and many admired her mordant and morbid mysteries. Diana Rigg starred in some bland TV versions of her novels that turn her Mrs Bradley character into a glamorous Miss Marple. The exposure has resulted in new demand for her books, which is good because they're more interesting than Christie's, if more problematic.

The Paralympic star who was given up for dead

When Lynda Pearson gave birth to the youngest of her three sons 34 years ago, by Caesarean section, doctors kept her sedated for 36 hours. She awoke to the sound of nurses whispering: "Ssshh, she's coming round."

Terence Blacker: There's more to animal welfare than sentimentality

For all its generosity towards animal charities, Britain is in urgent need of education
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