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A quarter of walk-in centres have closed

Wikipedia 'sentinel' quits after using alias to alter entries

Conflict-of-interest row forces out the Labour councillor who changed David Cameron's page

Rowling quits multiple sclerosis charity over Anglo-Scottish feud

Writer whose mother suffered from the illness saddened by series of resignations at MS Society

The Week Ahead: M&S expected to suffer from downturn

J Sainsbury put out some surprisingly resilient numbers last week, but the market is not so bullish when it comes to Marks & Spencer, which is updating on sales tomorrow. As customers have traded down in the current environment, M&S is expected to suffer.

The Word On: Stephen King

"Ouch! In a new interview with 'USA Today', Stephen King was asked about his thoughts on the writing talents of J K Rowling and Stephenie Meyer (who created the Twilight Saga)... He said: 'The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good ... it's very clear that she's writing to a whole generation of girls.' I have always respected Stephen King for his brutal honesty ... but there have been those books of his that are absolutely terrible."

Russian to set new Standard for London

Editor-in-chief trembles as he tells staff the newspaper where he spent 'best years of career' has been sold. Ian Burrell reports

Winged wonder: Young snowy owl lands in Cornwall

Birdwatchers were astonished when a rare species of owl, used to the frozen wastes of the Arctic, landed in Cornwall

HMV hit as downturn hits book sales

Waterstone's owner HMV today said the book market had come under strain as it bore the brunt of a downturn in consumer spending.

Brian Viner: 'What, some might ask, is so awful about filling in forms? Where do I start...'

Home And Away: "The forms, the forms!" I wailed, in the manner of Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Terence Blacker: John Prescott on the class system? Psychologists please take note...

Almost every syllable he utters reveals a basic insecurity

JK Rowling donates £1m to Labour

Multi-millionaire Harry Potter author JK Rowling has given a £1 million donation to Labour, the party announced today.

Bloomsbury hopes Sage will provide some magic

From The Prisoner of Azkaban to the Sage of Omaha: Bloomsbury is tipping Warren Buffett to take over from Harry Potter as the publisher's major money spinner.

India's 'Hari Puttar' and the US lawsuit

The film studio Warner Bros has taken umbrage at the title of a Hindi film called Hari Puttar – A Comedy of Terrors for its resemblance to the Harry Potter franchise.

Potter film release delayed by eight months

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in the blockbuster film franchise about boy wizard Harry, is moving from its planned 21 November US release to 17 July next year, distributor Warner Bros said.

Page Turner: The sex scenes JK Rowling never wrote

Well, who knew? I'd heard of "slash fiction" before – an internet phenomenon where (mostly) female fans write sex scenes featuring male characters in popular culture. At Dirty Books, an event forming part of the London Literature Festival at the South Bank, we found out more. It surfaced around the time of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; apparently Frodo and Sam scenarios are very popular in slash circles. But blimey, hot trouser action between Harry Potter and Severus Snape? Are you having a laugh?

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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