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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

The Barmy Army pictured following England

Ashes 2013: Barmy Army musician wants trumpet U-turn ahead of first Test

Trent Bridge have banned Billy 'the Trumpet' Cooper from playing

James Foster’s 143 continued a fine run of form for Essex

County Cricket Round-Up

Batsman of the Day

Madeleine McCann pictured at the age of three, left, and as she might have looked aged nine

Home Office to fund new Met operation into Madeleine McCann disappearance

Scotland Yard says it is 'reviewing a significant number of documents'

Chanderpaul hit his first century for Derbyshire two weeks ago – and is on course for another

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's class act earns Derby dividend

Derbyshire 245-2 v Nottinghamshire

Home sales at three year peak

House prices predicted to rise nearly 30% over next five years

County round-up: Australian understudies take centre stage in Scotland

Their senior side may be struggling but Australia A had no such problems against Scotland as they wrapped up victory by a mammoth 360 runs at the Grange on Sunday.

Wizard from Oz: Ricky Ponting is more than happy with his new life at Surrey

Ricky Ponting is just like his old self with century against Derbyshire

Derbyshire 452 Surrey 362-4 (Surrey trail by 90 runs)

Derbyshire 452 Surrey 35-1: Madsen has Derbyshire punching above weight

If there was an opportunity for Surrey to cast aside their woes as another season of underachievement beckons, it was in this match, particularly with Ricky Ponting on hand to add some quality and know-how to the mix.

Ricky Ponting made his debut for Surrey against Derbyshire

Two men to appear in court over firebombing of Grimsby mosque

The attack was the second on the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre in just three days

Leicester's Steve Mafi, Vereniki Goneva, Logovi'i Mulipola and Manu Tuilagi with the trophy

Match report Leicester 37-17 Northampton: Tigers triumph in Premiership final as Dylan Hartley sees red

Dylan Hartley was sent off in the first half as Leicester Tigers were crowned Premiership Champions with a 37-17 victory at Twickenham.

By next week, temperatures are expected to reach 20C in the south east

Just in time: Dry, sunny weather predicted for Bank Holiday weekend

The unseasonably cold weather in southern areas and the Midlands will make way for a dry and sunny Bank Holiday weekend, forecasters said.

Round-up: Alan Richardson rolls back years as Kent create horrid history

Bowler of the day: At 38, the Worcestershire seamer Alan Richardson would admit that his best days are behind him.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
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Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

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