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German defender is keen for the Gunners to avoid finishing the season in fourth

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

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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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David Miliband warns of long spell in opposition

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Travel Agenda: Matakauri Lodge; Manchester airport; Whitley Bay beach huts; The Dorchester

Today: Check into Matakauri Lodge, which opens on the shore of Lake Wakatipu outside Queenstown in New Zealand. The luxurious lodge features contemporary styling and stunning lake and mountain views (matakaurilodge.com).

Police arrest seven following fatal stabbing in Manchester

A murder investigation was launched after a man was stabbed to death in an apparently targeted attack, police said.

Man arrested after two women found dead

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Sara D'Arcy: Dear Mr Marr, want to swap places?

Yesterday, Andrew Marr made the misjudged and sweeping statement: ‘I’d like to be 20 and starting out again’. Instead of lamenting the good ole’ days of classic news reporting, complete with notepad and biro, he commended the staggering advances in technology and expressed a certain covetousness at eager, young writers – like myself – who are trying to make it in the modern media industry.

Andrew Buncombe: Hold the front page - Good news from Burma

One of the obvious advantages of our online age is that it is not only bad news that spreads its way around the world in a matter of seconds.

Econoblog: If you’ve got a ‘proper’ job, hang on to it

Unemployment is down. Good news, of course. But there’s always a cloud attached to a silver lining.

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