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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Undercover officer Bob Lambert 'bombed shop'

Ministers have been urged to investigate claims that an undercover police officer who had infiltrated a group of animal rights extremists planted a fire bomb in a department store.

Ford displaces Flood as Tigers eye final feat

Youngster to face Quins in final that can provide timely distraction from Premiership politics

Six teenagers cleared over M1 blaze

Six teenagers accused of setting a fire that closed the M1 motorway did not start the blaze, a jury has ruled.

Payout for four held at gunpoint in bungled police swoop

Four innocent friends held at gunpoint in a bungled police swoop have won payouts from Scotland Yard.

The Art of Concealment, Jermyn Street Theatre, London 

Jermyn Street Theatre, which has just deservedly won The Stage's  Fringe Theatre of the Year Award, kicked off 2011 with Less Than Kind, a fascinating, hitherto unperformed draft of an early play by Terence Rattigan.

Master of his own destiny: Hugo Taylor

Ten people who changed the world: Hugo Taylor, Made in Chelsea star

Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

Industrial estate hit by huge blaze

More than 100 firefighters from three counties tackled a large blaze on an industrial estate early today.

Gillian Welch, Brighton Dome

No fuss, no frills. Such is the approach of Gillian Welch and her long-term partner, David Rawlings, who arrive carrying their instruments on to an empty stage. Many players of their stature might employ the services of choirs, orchestras and dancers, but not these two. Sometimes two guitars and a banjo is all you need.

The Last Flannelled Fool, by Michael Simkins

Two hardy sub-genres of cricket literature are the adventures (usually disastrous) of a bunch of mixed-ability misfits who form a team to play friendly – and not so friendly – matches, and one-man odysseys around the country to take the temperature of the game in its myriad forms and locations.

Album: Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest (Acony / Warner)

The good news is that Welch has given up playing the drums.

Album: Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest (Warner Bros)

On this, Gillian Welch's fifth album, the familiar blending of traditional sounds and moods with modern sensibilities is effortlessly sustained through songs like the mordant "The Way It Goes" ("Betsy Johnson bought the farm, stuck a needle in her arm, that's the way that it goes").

Diary: Beavering about on the blower

On the publicity trail for their new film The Beaver (as in the semi-aquatic rodent), Jodie Foster continues her spirited defence of co-star and chum Mel Gibson against those unfortunate accusations of racism, anti-semitism and domestic abuse. "I just adored him from the second I met him," she gushes admirably to the Radio Times. "He reads books about crazy historical events and retains every detail [The crucifixion, for example?]... I can talk to him on the phone for, like, three and a half hours..." Yes, I hear he can go on a bit when you get him on the blower.

Tories win this week's only by-election

Tories won this week's only council by-election, defending a safe seat in north London's Harrow Borough.

College slaps income cap on parents

Parents with a joint income above £26,000 will be barred from sending their children to a state sixth-form college planned for the East End of London. The college will be one of the Government's flagship "free" schools, offering places to bright inner-city children to help them to get into elite universities.

Five teenagers arrested over M1 blaze

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with the blaze that closed the M1 in both directions for six days.

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