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Free Independent Drama: Late poet Ted Hughes is remembered in Dreaming of Foxes

The late poet laureate Ted Hughes would have been 80 this month, and to mark the occasion, The Independent is giving you the chance to listen to and download an exclusive new drama by Made in Manchester/Dark Smile.

Pixie Lott, Roundhouse, London

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Leg swab for Heather Mills after airport alert

Heather Mills had to have her artificial leg swabbed for explosives at Heathrow after it set off a security alarm.

Rhiannon Harries: Peering into the not-so-brave new world of students and substances

The Hollyoaks writers must be over the moon. Now, alongside the standard repertoire of dilemmas faced by their university-aged characters (whether to join the Beer Society or the underwater basket-weaving team), they have a gift of a topical story-line in the form of so-called "smart drugs".

British high street's first disabled model is coming to a shop window near you

Debenhams to feature images of wheelchair user in Oxford Street branch
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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

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