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FOR THE SAKE of argument, let's try to defend Dr Eric Griffiths, a lecturer at Cambridge who mocked the accent and ambitions of Tracy Playle, a girl from Harlow who wanted to study English at Trinity. His mockery was so cruel that her headmaster complained to the college.

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One of the great Beatles mysteries has been solved. The half-sister John Lennon searched for but never found has surfaced in Hampshire. Can new discoveries be far behind?

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The power of love

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`My first miracle was that I suddenly became musical'

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In bed with his leg in plaster, Tricky tells Ben Thompson why he won't do what's expected of him

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Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
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Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
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