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<p>1. Grass Sledge</p>
<p>£255.33, grass-sledge.co.uk</p>
<p>This toboggan skims down grassy slopes as smoothly as snowy ones. Sit back in the moulded seat and have the ride of your life.</p>

The 10 Best sledges

1. Grass Sledge

£255.33, grass-sledge.co.uk

This toboggan skims down grassy slopes as smoothly as snowy ones. Sit back in the moulded seat and have the ride of your life.

Gang members jailed over alcohol scam

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James Martin: 'You can't describe the beauty of the Colosseum in Rome. The sheer size is incredible'

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Sumptuous comfort: The Panamera

Porsche Panamera Diesel

Good mileage and room for a bike? Is this really a Porsche?

Chinese super-rich drive Rolls-Royce to record sales

A record number of Rolls-Royces were sold in the UK, China, the US and worldwide last year, the latest indicator that the super-rich remain insulated from global economic strife.

Slump – what slump? Rolls sales rocket as super-rich drive in style

A record number of Rolls-Royces was sold worldwide last year, the latest indicator that the super-rich remain insulated from global economic strife.

Sales of luxury Bentleys soar, even in Britain

Bentley's sales leapt last year, driven by strong demand from the US and China for the latest Continental model.

Sales of luxury Bentleys soar, even in Britain

Bentley's sales leapt last year, driven by strong demand from the US and China for the latest Continental model.

Lacks performance and character: the new Hyundai i40 Tourer

Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi Premium

Price: £24,395
Engine capacity: 1.7 turbo diesel
Top speed (mph): 124
0-62 mph (seconds): 10.6
Fuel economy (mpg): 55.4
CO2 emissions (g/km): 134

Barry Bannan is the face of West Midlands Police's anti-drink-driving campaign

Bannan: I won't repeat drink-driving mistake

Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has admitted there would have been "no point in me living" had his drink-fuelled motorway crash resulted in any loss of life.

Christmas gift guide: The kids are alright

End the eternal quest for a gift that's durable, smart and more fun than the box it came in

Oil boss killed in motorway crash

The managing director of a UK oil firm has been killed in a car crash.

Range Rover Evoque makes a splash at the London Boat Show

The UK doesn't have a big motor show any more so Land Rover has been introducing its new Range Rover Evoque to the British public at the London Boat Show instead.

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