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Growing demand for milk in Africa and China has led the producer of the Cravendale to almost double the number of British famers who are stakeholders in the business, it was announced today.

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder says he is focused on achieving promotion

Simon Hart: Chris Wilder granted the time to have Oxford dreaming of old glories

Life beyond the Premier League: In five years they have risen from the Conference to top of League Two

Australia batsman Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century

Dustin Lance Black: Five things you didn’t know about Tom Daley’s boyfriend

Hands up if you knew exactly who Dustin Lance Black was before the news broke this morning that he is the man Tom Daley is currently “in a relationship” with?

Gangsta cat has to go. Are you ready, polar bears?

More news in the regular soap opera that is my family of cats. Regular readers will remember I adopted a gangsta' cat who had been shot in the mean streets of the Cheltenham hood. We named him Captain Kangaroo and despite him showing gang boss-like tendencies towards our other animals we presumed he'd eventually settle down. But then, two months ago, our other two cats disappeared and having searched high and low we presumed that they had been the victims of a gangland "hit" and were sadly never going to be seen again. Captain Kangaroo was now the undisputed "Cato di tutti Cati" – there was very little we could do but accept the situation.

Caffeine fix: 10 best coffee machines

Double expresso, skinny latte, cappuccino….however you take your coffee, there’s a machine that can make you a perfect cup without leaving the kitchen. We round up the best of the bunch

 

David Cameron: 'I don't know the price of value bread - I have a breadmaker'

The Prime Minister was asked by radio host to prove he understands the living costs for ordinary voters

Liam Keniry rides Miracle of Medinah to victory in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket yesterday

It's a Miracle: Mark Usher's colt springs a surprise on his longest trip yet

Miracle Of Medinah was the surprise winner of the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket. The Mark Usher-trained colt made light work of his seven rivals on his first start over seven furlongs.

Why are the supermarkets keeping so schtum about the badger cull?

The truth is that the badger is being used as a scapegoat by both the dairy industry and the Government that's using flawed science as a justification for the cull

Chastity Butterworth and the Spanish Hamster

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster - Game of Thrones' Gemma Whelan as you've never seen her before

Chastity Butterworth might look like a Victorian in service with a butter-wouldn't-melt expression, but, in reality, she's in debt to her drug dealer and is "garrotted on poppers" after an all-night squat party. She's old school new school - a renegade governess.

Anthony Hilton: Why banking has to play second fiddle to politics

Lloyds' figures on Thursday showed the bank is fast returning to health and triggered a wave of speculation about when the Government might begin to sell its 39 per cent stake.

Crispy mackerel tail in seashore vegetable broth
Steve Hook sells his milk raw

The farmer who wouldn't cow-tow: Rather than supply supermarkets and face financial ruin, Steve Hook has developed a market for 'raw' milks

What if there were a simple cure for some of life's most common afflictions, such as eczema, asthma, or hay fever? Something that's natural, relatively inexpensive and that most people drink every single day. Now imagine this miracle salvation, which has sustained generations of children on farms across Britain, is at best tricky to source, and at worst illegal.

Myleene Klass: 'OMG! I don’t breastfeed my friends'

Myleene Klass ‘talks sense about breast milk’ shocker

The television presenter and professional bikini-wearer Myleene Klass found out that serving breast milk to friends and family has a nasty side effect – that everyone in the media (yes, that includes me) rears up and starts banging on about it.

67 per cent of the mothers had levels of iodine below that recommended by the World Health Organisation

Mothers' diets may harm IQs in two-thirds of babies

Most pregnant women are deficient in iodine, a mineral vital for cognitive development

A map of China made from more than 1,800 cans of baby formula created by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei unveils milk tin map of China in new protest piece against baby formula scandal

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his latest work, a map of China made from baby formula tins, in response to fears surrounding milk safety in China.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there