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Smaller companies have been a lucrative, albeit higher-risk, area to invest over the long term. The Numis Smaller Companies Index has, since 1955, achieved an annual return of 15.8 per cent compared with 12 per cent for the broader UK stock market.

Travellers move onto Marlborough College's grounds

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A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety 32 years ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewellery store was jailed for plotting more robberies, telling the judge he was bored.

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Earl of Cardigan loses paintings court battle

An aristocrat whose family name is famed for its link to the Charge of the Light Brigade today failed in a bid to prevent dozens of portraits of his ancestors being sold.

Country house date for Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn takes his latest opera, Dr Dee, to London's Covent Garden in June. Yet before the work about the mysterious Elizabethan alchemist and scholar opens at the Coliseum, the Blur frontman takes a short detour to Wiltshire with a band that includes Guinean musician Madou Diabaté.

Hosepipe ban looms for south-east England

The prospect of hosepipe bans in the coming weeks was looming for parts of England today as drought was officially declared in the South East.

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