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Bin Weevils, the online game and children's website, is launching a range of toys and merchandising, after signing a multi-year licensing deal with the toy manufacturer Character Group.

Huhne reflects back in 2006

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An angry woman has repaid an abrasive, ambitious man. Matt Chorley and Jane Merrick report

Deller, right, says of Shrigley: 'It can be quite difficult talking to him: he's 6ft 5in and I'm 5ft 5in'

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David Shrigley, 43

Alys, Always, By Harriet Lane

How to crash the London literary scene

Matthew Bennett, frontman with Birmingham band The Musgraves

Diary: Chauvinism on tap brews up a Commons row

Someone call Louise Mensch. Top Totty has been banned from Parliament. "Disturbing" (Equality for Shadows Minister Kate Green) and "Outrageous" (full-time tweeter Sally Bercow) were among the measured reactions to the sale of a bawdily named guest beer in the Strangers Bar at Westminster. It was the "picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap" that so moved Ms Green to raise the matter in the Mother (outrageous!) of all parliaments. "I would very much regret it if any offensive pictures were on display in any part of the House," remarked Leader of the House Sir George Young. The beer – hoppy, with an initial burst of bitterness – is no longer on sale.

Rowers celebrate breaking a world record after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 45 days

Female rowers' record Atlantic crossing

Five female rowers have broken a world record after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in just 45 days.

The former Speaker Newt Gingrich celebrates his win in South Carolina with his wife Callista

Gingrich heads for Florida with new belief

Stunning underdog win in South Carolina puts Romney's supremacy in doubt

Growing pains: Julie Walters and Gian Sammarco starred in the TV adaptation of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾' from 1985

The Secret Diary of an Adrian Mole fan, aged 27¼

As Sue Townsend’s stories are reissued, Will Dean salutes his dysfunctional hero

How We Met: Mark Watson & Alex Horne

'He's the ideal person you'd want to be in the trenches with, as he's so calm'

Manchester City's Micah Richards

Micah Richards staying on right path

Badly affected by a close friend taking his own life and with most of his City mates moved on, defender tells Ian Herbert how he has learnt to love Mancini's mix of freedom and fear

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'JD Salinger’s fondness for Tim Henman was hardly his only eccentricity'

Who knew that JD Salinger, who died two years ago this week, was a big fan of Tim Henman and his parents? And who, quite frankly wanted to know? Re-reading The Catcher in the Rye becomes difficult, if not impossible once you do know it. Did the creator of Holden Caulfield – literature's most celebrated icon of teenage angst and, in Henman tennis context, the American novel's answer to the young John McEnroe – admire that archetype of overgrown Boy Scout goody-goodiness who once told an interviewer that his big ambition in life was to start his own wine cellar... and did he also admire his parental archetypes of rigid home counties, middle-class reserve?

Album: Craig Finn, Clear Heart Full Eyes

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is the American equivalent of Elvis Costello, with an inbuilt sneer to his voice and a similarly cold eye for human failings. Both are well in evidence on this solo debut, full of observations about characters who've fallen short in some way, whether it's the depressed wanderer of "Apollo Bay" or the lost soul in "New Friend Jesus" scheming how to use his new-found piety to improve his standing with an old girlfriend. Finn has a nice line in sardonic, declamatory assessments – "Certain things get hard to do when you're living in a rented room"; "I'm alive, except for the inside" – but there's little comparable imagination to the arrangements, which lean towards ironic country-rock and dispirited blues-rock, most fruitfully in the itchy, descriptive guitars of "Apollo Bay".

Say hello to a new language

Scared of Spanish? Flunked French? It could be time to try again, says Enjoli Liston, who's finally tackling Hindi

Knowing me, knowing you - Jimmy Osmond and Mel Bush

A relationship under the microscope

Earl's son cleared of raping 16-year-old girl

An aristocrat was today cleared of raping a 16-year-old girl.

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