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Cut by cut, the great maverick director creates a scintillating montage of memory

House prices hit new heights in Britain as overheated market continues to boil

British house prices rising at fastest pace in more than three years as government house-buying schemes push prices higher and demand outstrips supply

Market Report: Miners in a hole after dollar soars

A better-than-expected US jobs report pushed the dollar up, which in turn melted metal prices yesterday and miners ended up buried at the bottom of the blue-chip index.

Homes in Surrey village Virginia Water climb to £1m

Bruce Forsyth's home village has been crowned the most expensive village in Britain

The building wrap around Kensington palace as renovations take place

Sexy scaffolding: The renovating royals love a good cover-up

Vast photo of Kensington Palace hides vulgar site of poles and builders’ bums

Secrets within these walls: the MI5 headquarters at Millbank by the Thames

MI5 officer harassed fellow spy after 'passionate and volatile' relationship ended as they watched Andy Murray lose at Wimbledon, court told

Mark Barton denies harassment, sexual assault and common assault against female colleague

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The chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw

Wealthy suburban schools risk losing 'outstanding' status over failing poorest pupils, warns Ofsted chief

Sir Michael Wilshaw says affluent West Berkshire is the worst place in England to be a child from a poor family

The artist Delphine Delphine Boël and, right, the man she claims is her father, King Albert II of Belgium

Royal family affair: Artist demands DNA to prove she’s king’s daughter

Delphine Boël in court bid to prove that the Belgian monarch Albert II is her father

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iStyle: Haute on the range

Make hay while the sun shines and take inspiration from the prairie with denim and gingham this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi

Nigella Lawson photos: Police examine images of Charles Saatchi with hand on wife's throat

Art collector and his wife were photographed at a restaurant on Saatchi’s 70th birthday during a seemingly bitter argument

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The moment Mourinho returned there was talk that he would usher David Luiz out the door. Why on earth he would want to move on one of Chelsea's best and most loved players is unclear. However, there are some valid reasons why the future of another popular (among Chelsea fans at least) centre-back has come into question. John Terry isn't getting any younger and with uncertainty at the back, a new central defender is among Mourinho's priorities. The player most consistently linked with the Bridge is Mangala. Mourinho was reportedly tracking the 22-year-old Frenchman while at Real Madrid and hasn't lost his interest. It's thought his club Porto will demand £30m for him.

Who might Chelsea sign during the summer transfer window? Wayne Rooney, Hulk, Xabi Alonso...

A round up of the players linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge

Australian cricketer David Warner (R) answers questions from the media as he sits beside team captain Michael Clarke during a press conference in central London

'I put my hand up and apologise': David Warner 'extremely remorseful' for attack on Joe Root

The Australian batsman has spoken publicly about the incident for the first time

Henry Cecil preferred to rely on instinct

Champion horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil dies after battle with cancer

Astonishing highs and lows are staples of the racing world. But the story of Sir Henry Cecil, the champion trainer, who died today aged 70, is remarkable for its swings of fortune both on and off the turf.

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Lost pet or double agent? Meet Freya, the roving tabby of the Treasury

Downing Street insiders have noticed that Osborne’s cat is inquisitive... perhaps a little too inquisitive

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