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Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

IoS paperback review: Disaster Was My God: The Life of Arthur Rimbaud, By Bruce Duffy

As a teenager, Arthur Rimbaud shocked 19th-century Paris with his experimental verse and taste for debauchery (he had an affair with the married poet Paul Verlaine, who later shot him in a fit of jealousy).

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The Customs House, By Andrew Motion. Faber & Faber, £12.99

We need to renew the language of remembrance. Even before state-funded commemorations of the First World War begin in 2014, a year of solemn preludes looms. Factor in the political push for exit from the EU, and on the national stage the warmer, more inclusive climate of the Olympic season may yield to a backward-looking, introspective mood: a chilling cult of the dead and the past.

Rats’ Tales, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Manchester has become a rich beneficiary of Carol Ann Duffy’s powers of retelling old stories. It’s five years since The Manchester Carols premiered in the city, and the Poet Laureate’s latest collaboration with director Melly Still offers us a reminder of the simple wonders of a tale well told – without characterisation, without Disneyfication, devoid of time and context. 

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Everton forward Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini returns for Everton to face Arsenal

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Police Service of Northern Ireland officers patrol the area close to the fatal shooting on the M1 motorway near Lurgan

'IRA' group admit responsibility for murder of prison officer David Black

Responsibility for the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland has been admitted by an alliance of dissident republican splinter groups which came together in June.

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Outswinging corner set up Fellaini's goal in an otherwise innocuous display in the centre of midfield. 6/10

Everton trio Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe miss Sunderland clash

Everton will be without Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at Goodison Park.

Colin Duffy was arrested yesterday by police

Colin Duffy: A 'violent' republican who has had three murder cases against him collapse

In January Colin Duffy, now under arrest for questioning about the killing this week of the prison officer David Black, was acquitted of the murders of two soldiers outside Massereene Barracks in Antrim who were about to leave for duty in Afghanistan.

Talks of the week: Battle of Ideas, Barbican, London EC2

This eighth annual weekend of serious-minded public debate, organised by the Institute of Ideas, features 12 strands, 80 sessions and more than 350 speakers, and revolves around the eurozone crisis and the state of European democracy, freedom and equality, with Ivan Krastev, Rob Riemen, Thierry Baudet, Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Gáspár Miklos Tamás among the key speakers.

12 arrested after mass brawl in Oxford

Twelve people have been arrested and one man seriously injured after a large scale fight in Oxford city centre, police said today.

International Coming Out Day: The jokes are widespread, but there is a reality behind it

My ex couldn't manage to come out to her parents while we were together, and it hurt.

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Singer Duffy flees as blaze rips through £12m Kensington penthouse, but makes sure pets are safe

The pop star Duffy fled a fire that destroyed a luxury penthouse flat in London last night.

Singer Duffy's £12m Kensington penthouse destroyed in fire

The pop star Duffy fled a fire that destroyed a luxury penthouse flat in London last night.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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