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Boyd’s Bond is driven but torn

Glenn Moore: Mitchell pays the price for Bournemouth's remarkable rebuilding

The Football League Column: 'The club's already had two receiverships and I'm not going to jeopardise its future. That debt is gone'

Dennis Lehane: The writer who makes crime pay

Child abuse, murder, mental illness, marital breakdown: it's all grist to the mill for Dennis Lehane. And the literary thriller writer has plenty to get off his chest about the welfare system, bankers and 'postmodern jerk-offs' too

They Will Rock You: The rise of Rock Choir

With 7,500 members, Rock Choir has filled Wembley, signed a record deal, and is now the subject of an ITV show. Alice-Azania Jarvis meets the woman behind it

Dorchester on high alert as divisive Swazi king checks in

London's Dorchester hotel is preparing to receive a much noisier crowd than is normal this evening: human rights protesters objecting to Swaziland's king arriving in London.

Ronson: Lenders' bad debt is the stumbling block for developers

Gerald Ronson's annual lunch at The Dorchester has become a grand affair. This year, 350 of the commercial property industry's leading businessmen and most influential commentators were looking forward to its courses of salmon and beef.

Matthew Norman: Implanting a black face in Midsomer would be tokenism

The fact is that between town and country there is a colossal disconnect - two Englands unbridged by suburbia and divided by a common language

Ian Holloway: Romantic birthday with Kim, until I pop on Blackburn DVD!

It was my 48th birthday yesterday and my wife Kim and I booked a little log cabin by the side of Loch Lomond. The trials and tribulations of the Premier League seemed a million miles away. It was beautiful. We went for plenty of walks in the most glorious countryside you can imagine.

Footballer sent off for wrestling mankini wearing 'Borat lookalike' pitch invader

A minor league player has been sent off for wrestling a pitch invader dressed as UK comic Sacha Baron Cohen's faux-documentary character "Borat" to the ground.

The Right Rev Peter Walker: Educator, scholar and former Bishop of Ely

As the Church of England drowns itself in an ever-enlarging sea of paper and political correctness, so certain individuals from its history emerge, like figures from a skilfully restored painting, and we begin to realise that if the faith is to flourish in the 21st century we need to find once again deans of the stature of Michael Mayne and Michael Stancliffe, and bishops of the calibre of Robert Runcie and Peter Walker. Faith was not a simple matter for Walker, but he succeeded in communicating the excitement of the pursuit. He appreciated the poetry of R S Thomas – "such a fast God" – and of his beloved Geoffrey Hill. He relished the teasing out of the message – "the meaning is in the waiting".

Christine Keeler exhibition presents photographic notes on a Sixties scandal

When screenwriter Michael Thomas and I secured the film rights to the lives of Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, we immediately invited them – separately, of course – out to dinner. Mandy was first up, groomed and debonair at the Dorchester Grill. When asked why she had waved regally and signed autographs outside the Old Bailey while Christine had dodged missiles and insults, she paused, then observed, "well, I grew up around horses."

Travel Agenda: Cider Route train; International Tiger Day; Dorchester Collection's new hotel; Jet2

Today: The first Cider Route train sets off in Asturias, northern Spain. Passengers will be able to sample regional cuisine and visit a cider museum, a monastery and nature reserve. Further planned departure dates include 2 and 3 October ( trenesturisticosdelnorte.com).

Vintage tractor runs over pensioner

A pensioner on a mobility scooter has been run over by a vintage tractor at a country show in Dorchester, police said.

Travel Agenda: Matakauri Lodge; Manchester airport; Whitley Bay beach huts; The Dorchester

Today: Check into Matakauri Lodge, which opens on the shore of Lake Wakatipu outside Queenstown in New Zealand. The luxurious lodge features contemporary styling and stunning lake and mountain views (matakaurilodge.com).

Business Diary: Krugman sticks it to the Fed

It seems safe to say that Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, was not entirely impressed with the US Federal Reserve's limited extension of quantitative easing on Tuesday. Here's what he told the New York Times yesterday: "The Federal Open Market Committee has spoken. What's my reaction? The Fed's current policy is grossly inadequate, logically bizarre, and slightly – but only slightly – encouraging."

Couple sell Chinese vases for £500,000

A pair of vases left on a bedroom shelf have transformed a couple's retirement after selling for almost £500,000 at auction in Dorchester.

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable