Wonderful Charm (left) wins the Berkshire Novices' Chase from Up To Something at Newbury

Merry King set to bring Hennessy Gold Cup cheer

A roll call of the early winners of the Hennessy Gold Cup reads like a Who’s Who of steeplechasing legends: Mandarin, Taxidermist, Stalbridge Colonist, Mill House and, of course, Arkle, who twice made light of 12st 7lb in the mid-Sixties.

Jimmy Savile volunteering as a hospital porter in 1970

19 more hospitals to be investigated as part of Savile probe

A further 19 hospitals are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

Michael Chopra's gambling led to him receiving threats

Michael Chopra reveals football’s gambling problem: 'I signed for Sunderland in order to pay my debts off'

Players bet £30k a sitting, says former Newcastle striker, who blew £2m and had loan sharks after him

Puffin Billy endured a spring of underachievement

Puffin seeks to regain perch among top hurdlers

Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup meeting opens on Thursday with the unusual spectacle these days, when Saturdays have long since commandeered almost all worthwhile jumps races on the way to the Festival, of an informative contest that has moved in the opposite direction.

A student night in Newcastle: Going out in one of the UK’s clubbing capitals

Bare legs in January, the 3am kebab ritual, and three trebles for a fiver…

Like the library, the public pool is an endangered species

In Hull, Newcastle and around the country these community assets face closure

The trend for mephedrone-type drugs is more prevalent among university-age users and older teens

Legal highs found on shelves in petrol stations

Petrol stations, takeaways and newsagents across Northern England are stocking ‘legal highs’ like “peanuts in a pub”, as drug sales spread from ‘head shops’ to the high street, a report from a major drugs charity claims.

Northampton Saints 18 Newcastle Falcons 0 match report: Lawes lights up vital win in Saints’ fight for the top

Having helped turn on the town’s Christmas lights on Thursday evening, Courtney Lawes snuffed out the Newcastle Falcons as Northampton Saints consolidated their place behind Saracens at the top of the Premiership.

Fighting neglect: ‘Property for a pound’ schemes have taken off in areas such as Liverpool

First-time buyers given a push across the threshold

From £1 houses to Help to Buy, Julian Knight looks at the schemes that help people on to the housing ladder

Afro-American singer Josephine Baker

Black music: The European connection

Queen Victoria was a fan – and an African superstar’s grandfather an early performer. John Clarke looks back at the hidden history of Europe’s links to black singers and performers

iQuiz students have all the answers: Brightest book place in final

If there's one thing students enjoy more than a few quiet pints, it's flexing their intellectual muscles at the same time.

Manu Tuilagi could miss England's Six Nations campaign after suffering a setback in his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle

England centre Manu Tuilagi suffers setback in recovery from chest injury that could rule him out of 2014 Six Nations

The Leicester Tigers back has been sidelined since September with a torn pectoral muscle and has now had to undergo surgery in an effort to repair he damage

Yonas Kebede was abandoned by his father in the UK in 2004. He says he chose not to study to be a pilot at university because the fees are so high

Giving the other side: the story behind the asylum seeker's flying lessons that caused fuss in the 'Daily Mail'

‘Now I feel British’: Yonas Kedebe, who was taught at the taxpayers’ expense, tells of his abandonment and struggle to get an education

Leicester fire deaths: Father tells funeral service he is a 'bird without wings'

Grieving neurosurgeon led prayers for the 1,000 people who attended the janaza ceremony in memory of his wife Shehnila Taufiq and their three teenage children

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