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Government back-to-work schemes criticised as “forced labour” were ruled lawful by the High Court today.

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Exhausted mothers and fathers lie about their child's sleeping habits due to pressure to be seen as perfect parents.

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The Big Six: Scottish boathouses

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Runner Martyn Rooney has said he will make his Olympic performance count a year after rioters devastated his local borough of Croydon. 

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One of the few icons of British life that didn't make it into Danny Boyle's joyous Olympic Opening Ceremony is the cup of tea.

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A woman told of her terror after a masked man armed with a machete broke into a church hall and attacked one of her singing group.

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Stefan Simanowitz samples the most artistic of Olympic cuisines

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Stay the night: No46, Prague

A handsome flat near central Prague offers a stylish base from which to explore the city's history, says Holly Williams

Ardanaiseig's grey façade, elegant scale and architectural furbelows like turrets make a glorious welcome

Ardanaiseig Hotel, Kilchrenan by Taynuilt, Argyll

The suntan is a surprise. I've come to Scotland for a romantic mini-break to celebrate 21 years with Mr M – we're expecting to spend the days reading our books and eating while the rain lashes down. But the sun is blazing as we drive down a long, winding lane to our hotel.

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Staying neutral

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Slow boat: St Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital

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