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Guru raped meditation woman, court told

A self-styled guru accused of being a serial rapist told one woman she needed to be healed as he assaulted her, a court was told today.

How The Beatles' meditation technique could cure depression

Transcendental methods practised by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi cut symptoms in older people by nearly half

In Great Waters, By Kit Whitfield

This is an original synthesis of fantasy and historical novel. In an alternate Middle Ages, there's a species of merpeople who are sufficiently closely related to the landsmen to be able to interbreed. The infant Whistle, a sea-dwelling outcome of such a union, is turfed out of his tribe by his mother, washed up on the shore and taken in by a landsman who renames him Henry.

Lives Remembered: Joyce Purcell

Joyce Purcell MBE, who died on 15 January aged 99, helped set up and run the British American Paralimentary Group in the 1950s and later in life became a Sufi teacher. "Life is absolutely wonderful and there are so many things to do that you can't come to the end of what the possibilites are," she said at the age of 90 .

Album: Animal Collective, Campfire Songs (Paw Tracks)

Reissued in the wake of Animal Collective's 2009 breakthrough, Campfire Songs dates from a time (2003) when they still had not settled upon that name for the band, but were operating under the sobriquet which eventually became the album title.

Catch, By Simon Robson

A few slips, but plenty of edge

'Praying' murderer jailed for at least 13 years

A murderer whose prayers for forgiveness were overheard by police who bugged his car was jailed for life today.

8 years for banker who strangled unfaithful wife

A top City banker who strangled his unfaithful wife during a violent row after she asked for a divorce was today jailed for eight years.

Album: Zelenka, I Penitenti al Sepolchro... (Ziz-Zag Territoires)

First performed in Dresden on Good Friday 1736, Zelenka's I Penitenti...brings the New Testament's Mary Magdalene and Saint Peter together with the Old Testament's King David in a dramatic meditation on Christ's tomb.

The Burning of the Books, By George Szirtes

Any new collection from George Szirtes will treat its readers to a unique poetic combination: immense versatility and virtuosity when it comes to form, but also a tireless sympathy that dwells clear-sightedly on shocks, traumas and hard-won renewals from a century of migration and massacre.

Album: Nicola Benedetti, Fantasie (Decca)

The closest Nicola Benedetti comes here to the kind of flamboyant expressivity of Zehetmair is on Ravel's "Tzigane", with its gypsy enthusiasm and pizzicato passages, and in her rhapsodic enunciation of Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen".

The Couch Surfer: 'On the Fourth Plinth, I meditate on my place in the world – and in art'

Tim Walker: Let's face it, I'm no Angel of the North

Rebecca Armstrong: Take a leaf out of her (borrowed) book

Louise Brown from Stranraer reminds us what libraries are really for
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

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Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
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Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum