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Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

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With his cut-glass English charm and endearingly chaotic manner (not to mention the floppy hair) Hugh Grant has proven himself every bit the leading man. But the actor was actually the 72nd person to be auditioned for Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the was the first to make it seem funny, Richard Curtis has revealed.

Hillary Clinton has hurled herself into a fund-raising blitz for the philanthropic foundation created by her husband Bill Clinton with events in Washington, San Francisco and London

Clintons' good causes keep Hillary front and centre ahead of future presidential campaign

Working for family foundation raises cash and does no harm to political ambitions that could include run for the White House in 2016

Why Prince Charles is right about architecture

In truth, the prince has lamentably little influence over what gets built

Stark regional differences of cancer mortality and incidence rates are revealed for the first time today by Cancer Research UK, leading to calls for more to be done to address health inequality in Britain

Cancer survival rates show stark reality of north-south divide

Stark regional differences of cancer mortality and incidence rates are revealed for the first time today by a leading charity, resulting in calls for more to be done to address health inequality in Britain.

Both Zanzibar acid attack teenagers to require skin grafts

One remains in hospital, while the other who was discharged will return for surgery on Thursday, her family said

Zanzibar acid-attack preacher Issa Ponda surrenders to police

Radical preacher wanted in connection with the attack on Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee in Zanzibar has gone on the run

Richard Curtis initially made his name co-writing television comedies

Bowing out: Richard Curtis to say farewell to directing at About Time premiere

Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams are among the stars who will attend tonight's world premiere of Richard Curtis's latest film About Time as he brings his hugely successful directing career to an end.

Of the ten biggest surpluses ten came were from London councils with Westminister heading the top of the list with a £41.6m profit before spending on road infrastructure was taken into account

Councils rake in millions from parking fines as RAC attacks authorities' 'nice little earner'

Parking charges are providing huge cash surpluses for some councils with the 359 town halls across England having a total current account surplus of £565m

As many as 1.2 million people in the UK over 55 are gay

The only gay (retirement home) in the village

At the Rainbow retirement village in France, residents will enjoy something perhaps for the first time: majority status. The development near Montpellier will be the country’s first such home for the lesbian, gay and transgender community.

A young woman was left naked for half an hour in a cell that was covered by CCTV

Six police officers face misconduct proceedings after young woman left naked in cell

Distressed 22-year-old clubber searched by one female officer and four males, against regulations

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'Icons' exhibition shows a Proud history of popular culture

An exhibition featuring some of the 20th-century’s most iconic figures in music, film and fashion opens at a London gallery on Thursday.

David Collins worked behind the scenes to create multi-sensory dining experiences

David Collins: Designer of some of London's finest bars and restaurants

Visiting a great restaurant isn't just about the food. It's about the place, the space, the lighting and so many other factors that go beyond the sense of taste. David Collins, who has died of skin cancer, was one of those people who worked behind the scenes to create that multi-sensory dining experience, putting his stamp on so many of London's finest eateries and bars.

Police are searching for actor Paul Bhattacharjee

Eastenders actor Paul Bhattacharjee missing

The 53-year-old has appeared in James Bond film Casino Royale and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Acciuga, 343 Kensington High Street, London W8

The food is as authentic as it is comforting at old-school Italian Acciuga, says Lisa Markwel.

Sleep no more: Quentin Hayes and Miriam Murphy as the Macbeths

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