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Guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sells for $400k

A guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for 408,000 US dollars (£269,000) at a New York auction today.

The reaction: Sir Alex Ferguson retires after 27 years at Man Utd

The 71-year-old Scot announced this morning that he will stand down

It is hoped that the gimmick will raise awareness of child abuse

Inside the surprisingly old science of double
vision: Charity uses optical illusion to deliver hidden message to children to report abuse

A charity in Spain has revealed an advert that uses an optical illusion to deliver a hidden message to passing children, encouraging them to report potential abuse.

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Review: The Schism, By Robert Dickinson

The strange tale of a man with demons

Magician Steve Truglia's new Card Shark Show exposes the tricks of gambling cheats

After life in SAS and as 007 stuntman, Steve Truglia exposes card sharks in new magic show

A former member of the Special Forces, turned stunt man has now forged a career in magic, and his new show has just seen him promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle achieved by examination.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic

There are some lovely things in it, and there's one riotous surge of profane comic energy, but a faint sense of disappointment lingers over this much-anticipated reunion of director Tom Morris and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, the team that conquered the world with the wondrous War Horse.

Slim on stage in Spain in 2007: ‘The blues is a feeling,’ he said. ‘You have to feel the blues to play it’

Magic Slim: Electrifying blues singer and guitarist

Ever since musicians like Alexis Korner, John Mayall and the Rolling Stones introduced the baby boomer generation to Chicago blues, originators and perpetuators of the genre have found a ready market for their talent in Europe. The Mississippi-born singer and guitarist Magic Slim was one of the last links to legendary performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, whose physical presence he recalled.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable

'There's no magic money tree': David Cameron and Nick Clegg slap down Vince Cable for suggesting government could jumpstart flatlining economy by increasing borrowing

Downing Street insists PM is 'sticking to the course' despite Liberal Democrat Business Secretary's comments

Album review: Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Berg: Lulu-Suite (Deutsche Grammophon)

Album review: Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Berg: Lulu-Suite (Deutsche Grammophon)

Rarely performed, Mahler's Das Klagende Lied is a grisly fantasy in which the bones of a victim of regal fratricide are used to make a magic flute which, when played by the murderer, reveals his guilt – a sort of cross between Hamlet and Saw.

Poll: Would you use the new Bang With Friends Facebook app?

Another year, another hook-up app. Bang With Friends launched last week and claims to anonymously hook-up friends who might not have plucked up the courage to ask for no-strings sex in person.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook eager to move on from defeat in India

England were beaten by 127 runs

A view outside the Maracana

England to play Brazil in Rio de Janeiro

Roy Hodgson hopeful game will be played at the Maracana

Postcard from... Cern

It's just another day of digital carnage in the Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London