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Alice Jones' Arts Diary: The novel takes the form of a series of letters from an obsessed fan to a TV game show hostess

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Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone to be father again

Strictly star Vincent Simone has spoken of his joy at being told he and his partner are expecting their second child just as they were preparing to start fertility treatment.

Simon Cowell has launched a new talent contest You Generation

Simon Cowell plans hands-on return to 'my baby' X Factor

Simon Cowell has said he will have a more hands-on role on The X Factor as he considers it to be his "baby".

Branson Jr’s wedding attire is all white, or is it?

Unless you are the bride, it is generally considered poor form to wear white to a wedding. It appears, however, that no one told Sam Branson this as he turned up to his own nuptials in a white tuxedo.

Splash! star Linda Barker, who said she was

Linda Barker 'astounded' by reaction to her bikini-clad appearance on Splash!

Splash! star Linda Barker said she was "astounded" by the reaction to her appearance on the diving show and admitted she had to be talked into wearing a bikini for the cameras.

Martin McCutcheon has declared herself bankrupt

Bankrupt Martine McCutcheon 'touched' by support from fans

Martine McCutcheon has thanked fans for their support after she was declared bankrupt.

Claire Sweeney 'thrilled' at engagement and baby plans

Former Brookside star Claire Sweeney said she is "thrilled" after getting engaged to her toyboy fiance who is 14 years her junior and says the pair plan to tie the knot in the House of Lords.

Bride of Strictly winner Harry Judd lost sleep worrying about wedding dance steps

The new bride of 2011's Strictly Come Dancing champ Harry Judd was unable to sleep on the eve of their wedding - because she was worried about remembering the moves to their first dance.

Carol Vorderman counts down to pilot licence after spending Christmas flying high

The Loose Women host has been clocking up the air miles to fulfil a lifelong dream of obtaining a pilot's licence

'Luxury socks' on Rod Stewart's Christmas list according to Penny Lancaster

Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is easy to buy Christmas presents for according to his wife.

Darcey Bussell: I want to be a more hands-on Strictly Come Dancing judge

Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has told how she finds it frustrating to be stuck behind the judges' desk and she would prefer to be more "hands-on" as a judge.

The News Matrix: Thursday 13 December 2012

Google head 'proud of tax avoidance'

The News Matrix: Wednesday 12 December 2012

Family to receive more than £320,000

The News Matrix: Tuesday 11 December 2012

Charities 'must be more self-sufficient'

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50 Shades of Grey boost for Ann Summers hailed by lingerie tycoon

Ann Summers tycoon Jacqueline Gold says the success of saucy literary hit 50 Shades of Grey has led to sales at her chain going through the roof.

The News Matrix: Monday 10 December 2012

Smoking linked to infant meningitis

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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