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Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.

Britons killed in helicopter crash

Two Britons have died in a helicopter crash in the south of France, the Foreign Office said today.

PFI companies urged to pay money back

Companies that benefit from Government contracts worth hundreds of billions of pounds under the private finance initiative (PFI) were urged today to pay some of it back to help protect public services.

The Big Society, By Jesse Norman

Confused by Cameron's vision for a new society? Here's the clearest explanation yet...

Groundbreaking photography: Hereford Photography Festival

The longest running annual photography festival in the UK, the Hereford Photography Festival, celebrates it's 20th anniversary by showcasing groundbreaking and leading photographers such as Martin Parr, Rankin and Wang Qingsong.

Tips and deals of the week: 17/10/2010

Save £440 on a week in the Alps

Alpine Elements is offering a seven-night break at the Hotel Genepi in Les Deux-Alpes, France, from £567.50 per person, including return flights to Geneva, transfers, half-board, and free lift pass.

Go to alpineelements.co.uk

Brazil beat England in blind football semis

England lost 5-1 to Brazil yesterday in the semi-finals of the World Blind Football Championship in Hereford.

A guide to A-road Britian: A44

In his Home Counties youth, John Simister eschewed the epic challenge of venturing through 'Archers' country to Wales and the sea. Regretting that caution, he details here just what he missed

The Big Chill, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire

The relaxed vibe that pervades the Malverns charmed our man in the mosh pit

The Big Chill, Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire

Easy-going favourites are hot stuff

Feat of clay: A top ad executive reveals his ambitious country garden in Herefordshire

Brockhampton Cottage, Herefordshire. It sounded such a cosy address. I imagined black and white timbering, a box-edged path to the door. Hollyhocks even. And the garden, opening today for the first time, a retirement project perhaps for its owners, Peter and Ravida Clay. Instead, I found a thruster, once deputy managing director of the aggressively successful ad agency BMP, stitching together a landscape so big you can scarcely see to the end of it. "Cottage" is an ironic misnomer.

Boyd Tonkin: The value of high-scoring words

The week in books

Davey takes over at Hereford

Simon Davey has been unveiled as Hereford's new manager, just six days after his shock resignation at Darlington.

Brian Viner: Methuselah of the meadows

Moving to the countryside helps people live longer, according to figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics, although I can't help feeling that as someone who moved from London to Herefordshire in 2002, and therefore fits the research profile perfectly, I am making myself a hostage to bucolic fortune by writing this column.

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

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Why do we have blood types?

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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