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Labour bounced back in council by-elections to celebrate two gains from the Tories during their conference week.

Court napping, the magistrate who fell asleep at the bench

A magistrate has been removed from office after he fell asleep on the bench, causing an assault trial to collapse, the Office for Judicial Complaints said yesterday.

Former Blackpool chairman declared bankrupt

Former Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston was declared bankrupt on the same day he quit his post at the football club, it was revealed today.

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Former Channel 4 chief executive Andy Duncan has returned to corporate life, it emerged yesterday, as a luxury car salesman.

Cup venue survives worst of earthquake

World Cup organisers in New Zealand are confident that one of their showcase stadiums – Lancaster Park in Christchurch, recently redeveloped at a cost running well into seven figures – will not require major repair work following the serious earthquake that struck the South Island city over the weekend. This will come as some relief to England, who will be based there in the early stages of next year's tournament and are scheduled to play Argentina and Georgia in the space of eight days.

Soldier dies in hospital after Afghan blast

A British soldier died in hospital in the UK today while another was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Leopard (PG)

Luchino Visconti's 1963 epic considers the coming of revolution in 1860s Sicily, not from the point of view of Garibaldi and the forces of democracy but of a Prince (Burt Lancaster), "Il Gattopardo", a proud man struggling to maintain the authority of his class.

The Pass, South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding, near Horsham, West Sussex

What you see is what you get at The Pass – all the tables are in the kitchen. But is it worth a look?

Soldier shot dead in Afghanistan

A British serviceman was shot dead in southern Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said.

Seventh child for Rod Stewart at 66

Rod Stewart is to become a father again at the age of 66. His wife, Penny Lancaster, 39, is pregnant with the singer's seventh child. She discovered she was pregnant while celebrating the couple's third wedding anniversary in Portofino, Italy.

Rod Stewart to become a father again at 66

Rocker Rod Stewart is to become a father again at the age of 66, it was announced today.

Queen's cash crisis proves we <u>are</u> all in it together...

The Queen has been forced to sell one of her country estates, raising almost £1m in cash and heightening concerns over the scale of the financial crisis sweeping her investments and crumbling palaces.

M-J Lancaster: Outspoken writer and editor who became a prototype of the modern career woman

It was not surprising that Miss Hope-Nicholson shortened her first name to M-J, christened as she was, Marie-Jaqueline, Dorothea, Beatrice, Alexina, Romaine, Adriana. Her decision reflected the future editor's outspoken, forthright manner, possibly a reaction against her deeply eccentric family. Her father, Hedley Hope-Nicholson, was heir to a raincoat fortune and head of the Carolean Society; he was obsessed with Charles I and kept a relic from the King's coffin – and a piece of the shirt he wore on the scaffold – in a box in the consecrated chapel in their London family at More House in Tite Street.

Government spends &pound;18,000 topping up wine cellar

Almost £18,000 has been spent topping up the Government wine cellar since the General Election, it has emerged - leading to calls today that the entire collection should be sold off to raise money.

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan are named

Two soldiers shot dead in separate incidents in the Nad-e Ali district of Afghanistan on Tuesday have been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Taniela Tolevu Rogoiruwai, 32, and Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce, 29, both of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

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