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Stoke's transfer deadline day coup of landing Eidur Gudjohnsen from Monaco became even bigger yesterday after they converted his loan move into a contracted one-year deal.

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Despite David Lloyd George's sale of peerages – allegedly for too little – there has never really been clarity on what membership of the House of Lords is worth – until today. At midnight last night a little-known clause in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act took effect which requires MPs and peers to be UK taxpayers in respect of their worldwide income.

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For some people, to be granted a peerage is the peak of a lifetime's ambition, a hard-earned entry to the most exclusive club in London. There is the honour of a title, the intellectual stimulus of debating with colleagues more knowledgeable and more polite than the MPs next door, the fun of dressing up, and the perks. With membership goes access to free parking bang in the centre of London, subsidised bars and dining rooms, and an immense library.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco is finally putting decades of bachelorhood and media scandal behind him to marry his long-term girlfriend, an Olympic swimmer 20 years his junior.

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Nigeria's creative young midfielder Lukman Haruna is certainly not short on self-confidence. When coach Lars Lagerbäck left him out of a provisional squad for the World Cup because John Obi Mikel was fit, the 19-year-old made his doubts perfectly very clear. "I would have expected that a few of the young midfielders would have been given a chance if only to train with the team in South Africa, but that was not the case," said the player, who first caught the eye as captain of his nation's under-20 team.

Hamilton hopes new helmet helps Monaco chances

Lewis Hamilton is hoping a new helmet design will lead to a change of fortune ahead of what he believes could potentially be "the most exciting and unpredictable Monaco Grands Prix for many years."

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West Ham livid as Monaco striker chooses to wait for rivals rather than complete Irons deal

I was Prince Albert of Monaco's private spook

Ex-novelist who ran intelligence service for Monte Carlo's royal family relaunches legal action against his old boss

Best year for Knight Vinke

Knight Vinke, the Monaco-based activist hedge fund that has campaigned against HSBC's management over the past 14 months, has said 2008 will prove to be a record year for the fund.

From London and Paris to Marrakesh, Monaco looks for windows on the world

As profits soar, the principality's state-owned hotels and casinos operator has a strategy to attract even more big-spending tourists

Redknapp rejects £12m Monaco bid for Kranjcar

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp yesterday claimed the club had rejected a bid of £12m from Monaco for midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

Plate With A View: Le Grill, Monte Carlo, Monaco

The swankiest hotel in Monte Carlo is without a doubt the Hôtel de Paris, with its Alain Ducasse restaurant, the three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV. What people often forget is that up on the roof is a perfectly good one-star restaurant with the most wonderful views.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Monaco, Seattle, USA

Can there be a better way to arrive at a hotel late on a hot afternoon than for someone to welcome you with a cold beer? After a trip through the mountains of Washington state, and a couple of hours' tangling with Seattle's rush-hour traffic, I turned up in the chic, conspiratorial foyer at 5.40pm.

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