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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.

Allied Irish Banks axing 2,500 jobs

Allied Irish Banks has confirmed it is laying off 2,500 workers - 500 more than it originally signalled.

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Shamim Ahmed Khan: Sitar player taught by Shankar

Shamim Ahmed Khan was one of the most eloquent sitar players of his generation and scion of a family of hereditary Hindustani classical musicians which upheld and advanced a gharana, meaning a school or style of music-making, historically generally associated with a specific geographical seat, in this case the Agra Gharana. Agra would figure largely in his musical destiny, and bring him to the attention of his life-long guru, Ravi Shankar.

Soldiers 'attended loyalist killing'

Eight undercover soldiers were at the scene of a high-profile killing carried out by loyalist paramilitaries, a report has revealed.

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Keanu Reeves - Lots of excellent new adventures

Keanu Reeves goes behind the camera for the newdocumentary Side by Side. He tells James Mottram about this passion project and how Bill and Ted could soon be returning

Simon Kelner: I'm feeling fair to middling about my middle years

I have the great good fortune of being able to walk to work through one of London's most beautiful parks. And at this time of the year, when the stirrings of spring are visible and tangible, it is a commute that can lift one's spirits, even if you're irritated that your iPhone has run out of battery again and you've just been ripped off by your builder/dentist/dry cleaner and your bank has mysteriously put a stop on your credit card and you can't get through to a human being to explain.

Brian Shivers was told he must receive an appropriate sentence

Terminally ill man gets 25 years for Real IRA's Massereene murders

A terminally ill man has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in jail for the murder of two soldiers in Northern Ireland.

Terence Blacker: Language too rich for everyday use

It would be easy to portray the recent spat between Professor Geoffrey Hill and Carol Ann Duffy as one of those literary catfights in which the world of poetry seems to specialise. Hill, Oxford Professor of Poetry, belongs uncompromisingly to a cerebral and academic tradition, while Duffy, a superb Poet Laureate, is a communicator and a populist.

Republican cleared of murders says DNA was planted in car

Colin Duffy denies any involvement in shooting of two soldiers

Colin Duffy leaves court yesterday

Republican dissident walks free from murder charges for third time

Colin Duffy released due to lack of evidence but gunman found guilty of killing two British soldiers

Brian Shivers arrives at Antrim Courthouse during the trial

Republican guilty of Massereene barracks murders

A terminally-ill dissident republican will spend his final years in prison after being convicted of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland.

Long time coming: Kate Jackson, back on stage as a solo artist

Kate Jackson, Madame Jojos, London

The star appeal of an ex-Blonde whose roots are still showing

Queen's Gold Medal for Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott has won the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in recognition of her body of work, including her response to a diagnosis of breast cancer, Of Mutability, which was named Costa Book of the Year in January.

Stocking Fillers: Grate cheese. Pause. Grill cheese. Pause

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Britten Sinfonia & Voices/ Elder, Queen Elizabeth Hall (5/5)

The onstage mingling of orchestra, soloists, and conductor prior to this seasonal performance of Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ was presumably designed to lend a more intimate, informal tone to the start of the evening so that the music could "emerge", as it were, without the usual formalities of bows and applause.

John Kinsella quits TS Eliot award

A second poet withdraws from shortlist for £15,000 award over it's sponsorship by a hedge fund.

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