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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

Sleeping Beauty, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

As a parent, particularly of little girls, one can grow heartily sick of the saccharine world of princesses, fairies and their tyranny of pink.

The Wind in the Willows, West Yorkshire Playhouse

The Playhouse needed to do something special to match last Christmas’s feelgood revival of Annie. But Ian Brown, making a speedy return as director to the house he left just this year after more than a decade at its artistic helm, comes within a mole’s whisker of achieving that formidable goal.

Nintendo Land – Review

Nintendo Land's addictiveness and ease of use should make believers out of most Wii U adopters.

Made In Chelsea's Hugo faces sewer pipe of pythons, toads and spiders in I'm A Celebrity...

The reality television star 'let out a few girlie screams'

The 10 Best British adventure breaks

Luckily, you don’t need a sunny beach to have a good time in the United Kingdom

Hunt with a Falklands gun in 1988; he had been made a freeman of Port Stanley in 1985

Sir Rex Hunt: Diplomat who stood up to the Argentinians during the Falklands War

Sir Rex Hunt has a place in British history for having faced with aplomb a disaster not of his own making. As Governor of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic he was obliged on 2 April 1982 to surrender to the Argentinian General Oswald Garcia, the event that was to send a Royal Navy task force half-way across the world to fight a war and win the colony back.

Bowen says: 'I'd like to say Mr Toad most resembles me but I don't know if I'm more like Ratty and Badger.'

One Minute With: Jeremy Bowen, BBC journalist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Shanghai’s South Bund

Shaking it up in Shanghai

Waking up in the super-sleek bed in my room at The Waterhouse (1-3 Maojiayuan Road; 00 86 21 6080 2988; waterhouseshanghai.com) leaves me delightedly confused – the last time I awoke in Shanghai I was in a grotty hostel. This time around, we're poshing out at the minimalist boutique hotel in the up-and-coming Cool Docks – a refurbished part of Shanghai's South Bund.

Professor Sir John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology this week

Education: Must try harder!

Nobel Prize-winner Sir John Gurdon didn't impress his teachers. He's not the only success story with a shocker of a report card, as Tim Walker discovers

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The 10 Best hi-vis gear

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John B. Gurdon from Great-Britain and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan (R)

Britain's Sir John Gurdon wins Nobel prize in medicine for his pioneering work in cloning and stem cells

The 79-year-old was the first person to clone an animal from a single cell

The Potter's Hand By AN Wilson

An epic novel of the Wedgwood dynasty reveals the hearts of all but one man: Josiah himself

Almost Nothing to Do With Frogs, Underbelly, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Fringe is all about talent-spotting but forget Footlights - if you really want to see the next generation of performers first, the smart money is on Double Edge Drama. This is theatre company of Eton College, whose recent alumni include Eddie Redmayne, Harry Lloyd and Tom Hiddleston, to name but a few.

My Secret Life: Daniel Roche, 12, actor

'Kids my age think they should rebel'

Mark Cavendish celebrates his fourth successive final-stage victory yesterday

Ups and downs: The best (and worst) of this year's Tour de France

Best team helper: Mark Cavendish

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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