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Pandora: Will battle-hardened Prezza become a Lord?

Once his (almost) legendary battle bus is relegated to the great, post-election garage in the sky, how long can it be until John Prescott is awarded a peerage?

Into the Frame, By Angela Thirlwell

The Pre-Raphaelites knew how to take pains. Holman Hunt had sheep dropped from a height so that, while they remained stunned, he could study such details as the translucent membrane in their ears. Millais's Ophelia floats eternally to her death, thanks to Lizzie Siddall who posed, fully-clothed and fully compliant, in flower-strewn tepid bathwater. Ford Madox Brown spent four weeks painting the livid-pink bonnet-ribbons that fly out from under the chin of the young woman who, with her husband, is setting sail for Australia in the hope of finding gold.

Police investigate rugby eye 'gouging' incident

Police launched an investigation into a rugby game after a player was blinded in one eye when he was gouged by an opponent, it emerged.

Drink-driver who killed pedestrians jailed

A drink-driver who killed two pedestrians and left a 12-year-old girl brain damaged after his car mounted a pavement was jailed for 10 years today.

Teacher of the year award for dyslexic

Dyslexic teacher Edward Vickerman was told he would never have a future in the classroom. But last night the 26-year-old proved his critics wrong by winning a national award for the UK's outstanding new teacher of the year.

Seven held over 'carbon credits' fraud

Seven people were arrested in early morning raids today by investigators looking into a £38 million VAT fraud involving the trading of emissions allowances.

Morris dancers barred over blackened faces

A troupe of morris dancers were prevented from performing at a school because they blacken their faces, they said today.

Law firm boss 'at centre of immigration scam'

A law firm manager was at the heart of a lucrative plot to con the Home Office into allowing "hundreds" of foreign nationals to settle in Britain, a court heard today.

Police interview three over stabbing death

Three people, including a 17-year-old boy, were today being questioned over the murder of a man who suffered fatal stab wounds at a house.

Lionel Lewis: Compassionate and energetic social service administrator and writer

Lionel Lewis was full of ideas. As the Master of Workhouses, where he was responsible for everything from general maintenance to nursing services, he needed to be. His last appointment was superintendent of Bensted House, Faversham, a post he held jointly with his wife for 25 years, and where he also had oversight of the donkey engine which pumped the water supply. When the former workhouse was demolished and a council estate built on the site, Swale borough council named it Lewis Close and preserved the weeping beech tree which had been planted when he removed all the institution's high walls and had flower beds and gardens laid out for the old people in the house and hospital. "I am sad when I remember the sincere caring for patients and residents by the staff in now demolished workhouses, the easy interchange of inmate and patients under the same roof," he wrote in his autobiography, A Requiem for Workhouses (2006).

Man found clinging to Eurostar train

A suspected illegal immigrant was arrested after being found on the outside of a Eurostar train – which had been travelling through Kent at 186mph.

Selective schools: how they performed at A-level

*The school point score is devised through a new system introduced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Government’s exams watchdog. Under it, equal weight is given for a general and vocational A-level with 270 points awarded for an A-grade pass, 240 for a B, 210 for a C, 180 for a D, 150 for an E. The International Baccalaureate is also recognised with 1,380 points for a maximum diploma score of 45.

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Secondary School Tables 2009

Wealth Check: 'When can I afford to retire comfortably?'

Christine Tucker, 59, an office accountant from Gravesend in Kent, would love to retire at 60, but knows that, based on her modest retirement savings, this is probably a pipe dream. "It would be wonderful, after 45 years of work, to please myself with my day," she says. "I have lived in my own home since I divorced 19 years ago. My partner and I live separately, there are three years to run on the mortgage, and I work full time. I know it won't be possible to retire at 60 because of my financial situation, but I want to know how and when I can give up work."

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