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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

MP's tribute to blind imam found dead

Police were appealing for witnesses last night as they investigated the killing of a blind imam inside a London mosque shortly after he had taken morning prayers.

Lib Dems snatch Tory council seat

There was better news for embattled Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today when Liberal Democrats captured a seat from their Tory coalition partners in the latest council by-elections.

Clubbers warned over ecstasy batch

Police today warned clubbers to beware of a potentially deadly batch of Ecstasy after two people were taken seriously ill at one nightclub over the weekend.

Business Diary: Oddbins manager gets personal

Three years ago, Simon Baile was hailed as the saviour of Oddbins when he took control of the off-licence chain. Sadly, it didn't work out in the end – the company went into administration in the spring after the taxman vetoed a rescue plan – and it seems some people at Oddbins hold their managing director responsible. This farewell message was sprayed on the door of the Oddbins branch in Islington, London, yesterday: "Goodbye everyone, it's been a pleasure – Simon Baile, I hope you rot in hell".

Thea Gilmore, Union Chapel, London

A one-off event paying tribute to Dylan's 70th birthday, Thea Gilmore's concert showcased her own re-recording of his John Wesley Harding album, interspersed with one or two musical and poetic asides.

Ian Holloway plots Blackpool's return to the Premier League

Ian Holloway intends to sit down with chairman Karl Oyston to plot a way out of the relegation mire Blackpool landed in yesterday.

The Coronation of Poppea, King’s Head, Islington

As London’s first pub theatre, the King’s Head has always punched above its weight: I lost count of the major writing talents which emerged there during the Seventies and Eighties, and the transfers to the West End. After its only begetter Dan Crawford died in 2005, the down-home, ramshackle honesty with which he infused it seemed doomed to extinction too.

Cherry Ghost, Union Chapel, London

When someone's got northern soul, it's good to see them keeping the faith. The Bolton-born indie rock quintet Cherry Ghost have got it by the coal mine-full, and huddled round the font in Islington's Union Chapel they looked every bit the heavenly host, albeit with guitars rather than harps. Performing in a cherry-coloured glow which whispered through the stained-glass windows, you'd be forgiven for mistaking them for the resurrected personas of all those who died of joy at the first-ever Smiths gig.

Laura Veirs, Union Chapel, London

Pigtailed poet gives off good vibrations

Wolves lift themselves out of the bottom three

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Blackpool tell Liverpool 'put up or shut up' over Charlie Adam

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has told Liverpool to "put up or shut up" over their pursuit of Charlie Adam.

Dispute over Finsbury eggs claim

Finsbury Food, whose Memory Lane cakes business was caught up in this month's toxic eggs scare, is in dispute with said insurer over its claim for product withdrawal costs.

Holloway: I don't want rivals 'stealing' my stars

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is bracing himself for the prospect of clubs trying to "steal" some of his players in the January transfer window. The Seasiders have won plenty of admirers so far in their maiden Premier League campaign, playing an entertaining brand of football and accruing an impressive 25 points from 17 fixtures to date following their surprise promotion via the Championship play-offs in May.

The Unthanks play Robert Wyatt and Antony and the Johnsons, Union Chapel, Islington

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Holloway turns up the hot air to beat freeze

Blackpool are are confident tomorrow's Premier League match with Manchester United will go ahead as they contend with freezing conditions at Bloomfield Road.

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