Old Men in Love, By Alasdair Gray

The posthumous papers of a retired Glaswegian schoolmaster and old-fashioned Socialist, John Tunnock, comprise most of Gray's book, which is jacketed with a lengthy quote from Will Self imploring that we should "cherish his works".

Woman 'stabbed violent boyfriend in self-defence'

A woman lashed out at her violent ex-policeman boyfriend during an argument, stabbing him in the heart, a court heard today.

Man shot in legs by masked gang

A man was dragged from his bed in Londonderry and shot several times in the legs by a masked gang, police said today.

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Mystery of married football star shot dead with woman

Police are trying to unravel the relationship between the former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his friend, a 20-year-old woman, both found shot to death in his downtown condominium.

TV companies set to bring 3-D shows to Europe's living rooms within two years

Viewers across Europe will watch their favourite TV programmes in three dimensions within two years, according to a new report.

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Bodies found in house blaze

Two people who died in a house fire did not have working smoke alarms, the fire service said today.

Who Runs Britain?, By Robert Peston

With a delivery like a weary machine gun, the BBC's Business Editor became a fixture in British living rooms with the lowdown on the meltdown. Peston has not had much time to update this lucid and outspoken analysis; his new introduction is a mere 130 words and many of conclusions ("The price of money is going up for all of us") have been overtaken by events. But his excoriation of "the super-wealthy and pusillanimous politicians" is highly pertinent. What a shame he is not so outspoken on television.

Bridgend teenager found hanging was upset at friend's death

A 17-year-old girl found hanging from a banister at home by a dressing-gown cord knew a friend who had hanged himself, an inquest heard today.

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

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How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

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Ronald McDonald the muse

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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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