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You write the reviews: Flook, St Martin's School, Essex

Transcendent is a word that lends itself well to the music of the Anglo-Irish band Flook, who won the Best Group gong at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006. In an intimate concert for the sixth-formers of St Martin's School in Essex, the evocative musical talents of the band were well appreciated, as was their willingness to converse with the audience about their influences.

Colchester United 1 Hull City 3: Campbell's double blow to Colchester

When this fixture was postponed in January due to a waterlogged pitch Colchester may have envisaged celebrating a final floodlit match at Layer Road on a balmy spring evening. Instead the landmark fixture took place in near freezing temperatures, and the Essex club saw what little hope they have of avoiding relegation all but disappear into the night.

Second runway at Stansted 'would put unbearable strain on services'

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Michael Todd: Charismatic police chief

Michael Todd was a very modern British chief constable who infused the bureaucratic demands of police management with his own particular charismatic leadership style. He will be most remembered for his highly visible, hands-on approach and his at times controversial media-friendly manner. His colleagues in the police service will remember him for his energy, personal touch and for helping to restore local public confidence in "the job". They will also remember his contributions to national policing strategy in his capacity as a Vice-President of Acpo (the Association of Chief Police Officers).

For sale: A snoop around the flat where Jamie Oliver made his name

Blimey! I've come a long way since then. Well, more of a circle really. Essex, Shoreditch and back to Essex. "Oi, you! Naked!" they used to shout at me back then, when me and the missus (sorry, the Lovely Jules) used to live in that flat.

Paperback: Shakespeare, by Jeremy Lemmon

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Saints and Saracens are punished for ticket sins

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This is a way of saying to all critics of Putin: wherever you are, we can get you and you will die in agony

From bargains to masterpieces, June is the month for sales

For anyone wishing to acquire the collecting bug, June is probably the month to start. Whether art, antiques or antiquarian books are your passion, the events are on hand to dip a toe into the market.

Swinton 54 Hunslet 22: Marsh injury takes gloss off Swinton's rise to the summit

Swinton went to the top of National League Two with this victory last night, but did so at a cost, with their talented loose forward, Lee Marsh, taken to hospital.

Letter: No festive time for us

Sir: At this time of Christmas and the start of a new millennium, spare a thought for nursing staff. We hear of generous supplements being paid in those industries such as catering and child-minding requiring work over the celebratory period. For my colleagues who are working across new year's eve midnight and into the new year morning, a payment of pounds 100 is to be made. Oh, and the staff car parking fees are being waived. That is all, apart from the standard unsocial hours payment of time and two- thirds for a public holiday.

Crew die in jumbo crash at Stansted

A MAJOR disaster was narrowly averted last night after a jumbo jet crashed close to Stansted airport, Essex, reportedly killing the three crew members.

Letter: British bondage

Sir: Your article about the bed and bondage guest house in San Francisco made entertaining reading and did not seek to judge sadomasochists ("B&B that offers an alternative to breakfast", 15 December).

Hampshire girls set to become the butt of bad jokes

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Dear Chairman... As you may know Steven Norris was Member of Parliament for Epping Forest from 1988 to 1997. We know him well. We all have strong reservations about his suitability to represent the Conservative Party in such a high-profile role. To select him as the candidate would give all the wrong messages and lead to further outbursts in the press.
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