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Tommy Sheridan brother-in-law rejects sex club claim

A former friend of Tommy Sheridan and his brother-in-law was part of a "conspiracy" to make false allegations about a visit to a sex club in Manchester, a court heard today.

Independent Drama podcast: Rock

It’s 25 years since the world lost Rock Hudson to Aids. Hudson was a screen idol in 50s LA, but his career was perpetually under threat from Confidential Magazine.

Census records of 275,000 people released for the first time

Census records detailing the lives of around 275,000 people which were rendered illegible in floods more than 100 years ago have been transcribed and published online for the first time.

Happy Mondays' Bez fined for order breach

Former Happy Mondays star Bez has been fined £140 after he admitted breaching a restraining order preventing him contacting his ex-girlfriend.

The Bacchae, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

There are some powerful moments in Braham Murray's penetrating, stripped-down version of Euripides' play.

Knife raiders knock baby from mother's arms

A four-month-old baby was knocked out of her mother's arms to the floor during a knifepoint robbery at their home, police said today.

£80,000 police blimp plan falls flat

Police bosses were feeling deflated today after an £80,000 surveillance balloon was scrapped after just a year.

Gardai bid to trace family of Englishman

Gardai launched a public appeal today to find the family of an Englishman found dead in greater Dublin.

Bez sought by police over allegedly breaching restraining order

Former Happy Mondays star Bez was being sought by police today over allegations he breached a restraining order by contacting his ex-girlfriend.

Plot existed in Tommy Sheridan's mind, court told

A plot to "bring down" former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan "existed mostly in his mind", a court heard today.

Minor British Institutions: The Oddfellows

The people who call themselves oddfellows are members of various friendly societies, but not all friendly societies call themselves oddfellows.

Hallé/Elder/Kirchschlager, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

After its exceptional contribution to Manchester's celebration of Mahler last season, the Hallé – opening the season with more music by the same composer – appeared to have some unfinished business. But when the pieces in question were so fascinating and their interpretation so compelling, by players who now clearly have the rhythms and subtleties of Mahler's music in their blood, it felt quite logical.

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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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