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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

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Lesbophobia is alive and well

Too often displays of affection in public attract male leering

Vachon in action near the end of his career; he became notorious for his signature ‘Piledriver’

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Legendary ‘heel’ who won gold at the Empire Games and went on to contest more than 13,000 bouts

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Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada (AP)

Canada train blast blamed on engineer

He failed to apply enough hand brakes, says rail boss

Criminal probe launched into Lac-Megantic oil train crash as death toll hits 15

More than 30 people are still missing in Quebec town after huge explosion caused by runaway oil train crash

'Like the town has been cut by a knife': Fears grow for dozens after runaway train explosion in Canada kills at least five

Five confirmed dead but 'toll will grow' as clean-up operation begins

Teenage girl hospitalised after being mauled while trying to kiss a lion through bars of cage

Duma had been rubbing his face against the cage when Lauren Fagen decided to kiss his fur

Mr Applebaum became interim mayor last November when his predecessor resigned amid corruption allegations

Now Montreal's mayor Michael Applebaum is arrested on corruption and fraud charges

Montreal residents were reeling on Monday with news of alleged dirty dealings and political disarray around their City Hall, triggered by the arrest of their mayor, Michael Applebaum, on serial corruption and fraud charges. Full details of his alleged crimes had not been made public.

Gerrit van Honthorst masterpiece seized by Nazis sells for record $3.4m

A 17th century Dutch masterpiece that graced the collections of Catherine the Great's art adviser and Russia's Hermitage Museum before being seized by the Nazis sold for nearly $3.4 million (£2.18 million) at auction, a record for the artist Gerrit van Honthorst.

Fernando Alonso after winning the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, with a battered front tyre clearly visible

Pirelli park new Formula One tyre plan

Pirelli have shelved plans for Formula One teams to race with new-specification tyres in Canada next week but hope to have them in place for the British Grand Prix at the end of June.

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