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'The ideal family car if you want peace and quiet'

Truck driver charged with killing family

A Portuguese HGV driver was charged today with six counts of death by dangerous driving after a family were killed on the M6.

Dodge Journey

On the outside, the Dodge Journey flaunts its rough-boy brawn, but inside it's a bit of a softie and very child-friendly

Goalkeeper in court over boy's deaths

The mother of two young boys killed in a motorway crash has returned to court to see a Plymouth Argyle footballer charged with causing their deaths.

Footballer charged after children die in crash

Footballer Luke McCormick was charged today with causing the deaths of two young boys by dangerous driving.

Dropping your child off at school? That'll be £75... just to park

Borough sparks fury and accusations of targeting mums and children with its plans to charge cars at school gates

Car Choice: You don't need to skimp on character to get loads of space

Charlie Bird's 1991 Saab 9000 hatchback is about to expire after seven years' solid service. Charlie plays bass in a band so needs something that will swallow large equipment. He also uses the car for family driving holidays. He wants something that is cheap to run and has plenty of character, and has up to £5,000 to spend.

Car Choice: A baby, baggage and a bad back ... but you don't need a people carrier

A private sale may be better than a part-ex as a reader seeks to upgrade to a family vehicle. And he doesn't have to think big

Skier's murder prompts Swiss women's campaign for ban on guns in the home

Willy Pfund is proud of his guns. "I have my assault rifle, my carbine rifle and a few sporting rifles," he says, as though talking about his favourite dogs.

Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8 CRD Limited XS: Grand day out

It may be slow, cumbersome and poorly made, but the latest Chrysler Voyager is saved by its incredible flexibility says Michael Booth

ROAD TEST VW GOLF PLUS: It's a Golf Jim, but not as we know it

Size is everything in the niche-obsessed car world, and VW's latest `experiment' lets its stalwart model walk tall in a crowded market, says John Simister

The Verdict: Ford Model T

Is it a saloon, racer, truck or rail car? It's all, and more
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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

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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
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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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