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A Canadian company has discovered that Nenthead may be sitting on one of Europe's biggest deposits

Alexander Armstrong, photographed at the Ivy Club, London WC2

Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?

More so than Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry and David Mitchell, Alexander Armstrong seems to be the acceptable face of posh comedy. With his comically large ears (a gift from his father), crinkly smile, affable demeanour and (crucially, perhaps) lack of smarty pants, he's the cuddly side of the upper classes in an age when, rather oppressively, toffs seem to be taking over again. Even Armstrong's overgrown Hooray Henry, 'Harry', in those adverts for Pimm's – alcopops for the privileged – is cherishable. Not that he drinks the stuff in public, he says, for fear of wags shouting, "It's Pimm's o'clock" – one of the great advertising campaigns, by the way, that helps explain some of Armstrong's wider appeal. The more you parody the posh, as the creatives at the advertising agency Mother realised, the more accessible they become to other groups.

Buyers flock to view 'shabby' Morpeth house

It is described as 'shabby', 'unremarkable' and 'in dire need of updating', but an end of terrace house in Northumberland has drawn an unusual level of interest thanks to a refreshingly honest 'warts and all' description from estate agents.

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Pc David Rathband

Pc David Rathband was found hanged, hears inquest

Pc David Rathband - the police officer shot and blinded by Raoul Moat - was found hanged, a coroner heard today.

World Cup winner Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton recovering after fall

World Cup winner Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital tonight after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.

Floral tributes left outside the home of PC David Rathband yesterday

Pc blinded by gunman Raoul Moat found dead

PC David Rathband always insisted he never hated Raoul Moat for blinding him.

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will play host to the opening ceremony

16 parties register interest in Olympic Stadium

West Ham are believed to be one of 16 parties interested in moving to the Olympic Stadium after this summer's London Games as the January 30 deadline passed.

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Liverpool announced in March that they were exploring the possibility of naming rights should they move to a new stadium. Meanwhile, when Tottenham unveiled plans for a new stadium they were keen to point out the opportunity of sponsorship naming rights.

Tottenham reach funding agreement over new stadium

Tottenham have moved one step closer to achieving their aim of building a new stadium next to White Hart Lane after revealing they have reached a new funding agreement with London Mayor Boris Johnson and Haringey Council.

Royal Retriever: Poke a bit of fun at royal fever with this bright Ben de Lisi red cushion
with black piping and a print of the popular French bulldog. £18, debenhams.com

Window Shopping: In the doghouse

What better tribute to our favourite furry friends than to immortalise them in chintz, swag, cushions, lighting and other items of a home's interior?

Davies gave Bolton the lead after just 34 seconds

Coyle backs Bolton after unhappy fans boo negative end

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Dog bite judge will not face action

A Crown Court judge who stormed out of court after being convicted of failing to control her dangerous dog will not face disciplinary action.

Campaigners say our freedom to roam is being curtailed by the Forestry Commission’s sales of woodland

Revealed: The true scale of Britain's woodland sell-off

Forestry Commission forced to get rid of thousands of hectares as it attempts to balance the books

Mother's plea to son wanted over murder of pensioner

The mother of a convicted sex attacker wanted in connection with the murder of a pensioner has appealed to him to hand himself in.

Police return bag and find murdered woman

Police returning a handbag which belonged to a 77-year-old woman found her murdered in her home.

Woman, 77, found murdered

A murder investigation is under way after a 77-year-old woman was found dead, police said.

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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

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