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Tories stage 'open primary'

Three Tory candidates put their cases to the public today in Britain's first "open primary" style election for a prospective MP.

Burke's Peerage to include illegitimate children

Being bastard born is no longer the social disaster it once was.

Why Chislehurst has a special reason to mourn

A Kent landowner could lose out on a huge pay-cheque as a result of Michael Jackson's death. Jackson had booked up to stay in Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst, moving its owners out to a pad in Orpington.

Ben Chu: Mervyn King is still stressed about lending

A sobering line in Mervyn King's Mansion House speech last night: "Stress tests designed to assess the viability of banks are very different from tests of the capacity of the banking system to finance a recovery".

Fidelio, Garsington Manor, Oxfordshire

Chilling villain is cold comfort

Deluge at Manor raises Ryder Cup fears

If Celtic Manor becomes flooded in the first week in June, then imagine what could happen in the first week of October. Never mind the Gortex, it is frogmen uniforms the American Ryder Cup team should consider decking out in stars and stripes.

The Back 9 - 5 June

Tycoon hands over villa and mansion to Sibir

The Russian tycoon Shalva Chigirinsky has pledged his French Riviera villa and proceeds from the sale of his London mansion to Sibir Energy, the London-listed oil company he holds a 46 per cent stake in.

The Sonnets: 146

By William Shakespeare

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By William Shakespeare

Mansions burn in California wildfires

Firefighters expected another day of heat, gusts and potential destruction today as they battled a growing blaze descending on the scenic coastal city of Santa Barbara that forced more than 5,000 homes to evacuate.

The Private Patient, By PD James

Never call her cosy. The ethics and economics of private practice for a busy NHS consultant; the conscience - and its limits - of a top-flight investigative reporter who fatally oversteps a line; the stable commitment of gay couples set against the psychic wreckage of trad marriages: all this, and a cracking mystery in a creepy Dorset mansion too. Murder aside, James does modern work so much better than her peers.

Squatters take over £3m Bristol mansion

Squatters have taken over a Grade-II listed mansion, said to be worth up to £3m, in an upmarket area of Bristol.

Body in burnt-out mansion confirmed as daughter

The third body found at a burnt-out rural mansion has been identified as that of 15-year-old Kirstie Foster, police said today.

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