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Smaller companies have been a lucrative, albeit higher-risk, area to invest over the long term. The Numis Smaller Companies Index has, since 1955, achieved an annual return of 15.8 per cent compared with 12 per cent for the broader UK stock market.

Farmers Cross, By Bernard O'Donoghue

Embracing the ghost at cold comfort farm

Natalie Haynes: Night of the living metaphors

The thing is...

Dragons show the fire to take on top four

Catalans Dragons 31 Crusaders 18

Griffin powers through to end Dragons' fight

Huddersfield 30 Catalan Dragons 16

Horniman’s "merman" is papier-mâché fake

London’s Horniman Museum’s 19th-century "merman" has the snarling lips of a monkey and the swerving scales of a fish’s tail.

Dracula, By Bram Stoker

The protean creature that bounded in the form of "an immense dog" from the ship Demeter in Whitby in the late 19th century is now an unavoidable presence in cinema and TV.

1 in 3 'believes in guardian angels'

Nearly a third of Britons believe they have a guardian angel, a survey from the Bible Society and Christian Research claims.

Johann Hari: 2010 – the year a zombie army came for our brains

The city of Minneapolis has just agreed to pay $160, 000 in compensation to a group of zombies who were prevented from marching

Album: Former Ghosts, New Love (Upset The Rhythm)

New Love is the second album by Former Ghosts, a project led by a self-evident Joy Division fan called Freddy Ruppert but also featuring Phoenix-based nouveau-goth singer Zola Jesus and Jamie Stewart of San José avant-gardists Xiu Xiu.

Vampires Suck (12A)

But they don't suck as much as lame-brain parodists Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, already responsible for the likes of Scary Movie and Meet the Spartans.

Reckless, By Cornelia Funke, translation by Oliver Latsch

Fab fantasist weaves more magic

Cathy John: My diagnosis with MS has taught me the wisdom of 'gathering ye rosebuds while ye may'

Tolstoy once quoted an Eastern parable, which he felt summed up the three responses to the utter absurdity of life in light of the certainty of death.

The Phantom of the Open, by Scott Murray & Simon Farnaby

Which Open competitor remarked: "Everything was going according to plan until I five-putted from eight feet at the second?" Step forward Maurice Flitcroft, who in 1974 carded 121 in a qualifier, the worst score in the event's history. Which was hardly surprising, as he had never played a round in his life.

Dragons' move for Kear falls through

Wakefield have confirmed that their coach John Kear is staying with them – for another season at least – rather than joining Catalan Dragons.

Walters to leave luckless Dragons

The Catalan Dragons have become the fourth Super League club seeking a new coach for next season following Kevin Walters' decision not to take up the option of a third year with the club. The former Australian stand-off announced his departure after a meeting with the Catalans' chairman, Bernard Guasch.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

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Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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