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The musician, who will be replaced as presenter by Mark Radcliffe, claimed no reason was given for the sacking

Mike Harding - the voice of folk music on Radio 2 for 15 years - sacked by the station in a single phone call

The musician, who will be replaced as presenter by Mark Radcliffe, claimed no reason was given for the sacking

The Princess Royal is handed the Olympic torch

'Sir' David Beckham and his royal teammate go for the burn as 2012 torch heads for UK

Flame lit in Athens and will start tour of Britain tomorrow

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Letter: Living folk arts of England

Sir: Derbyshire well-dressing still continues, and involves production of mosaic pictures inlaid on moist clay with flower petals, leaves and other natural materials. Another surviving English folk art, also ephemeral, is the "sanding" of streets in Knutsford, Cheshire on Knutsford Royal May Day. This involves men with bags of dyed sand creating mottoes and patterns on the ground.

Rangoli, traditional Indian folk art

It took 16 artists, 11 days and 250 shades of intricately sprinkled powder paint to create this display of Rangoli, a traditional Indian folk art. The floor decoration, 35 feet across, depicts religions of the world. It was commissioned by the Oshwal community centre in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
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