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Did I want to tell friends and a multitude of strangers what's on my mind every hour? To acquaint the world, electronically, with my every passing thought? Did I want to spend days thinking up brief, 140-character, smart remarks and posting them online? I didn't. But the Young Turks in Features talked me into it. Sign up here, they said, write a self-description, stick in a photo and send your first tweet – so I did.

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Luxury Poppy firm criticised

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A house full of horror

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Peppa Pig keeps profit in the pink

The film content specialist Entertainment One increased its underlying profits by 39 per cent to £32.3m in the year to March as retail revenues from its Peppa Pig character passed £200m.

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