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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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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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