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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Sliding into town with a freezer full of instruments

How long does an ice instrument last before it melts?

Can you spot the difference? Statue of Ferguson unveiled at Old Trafford and yes, yes you can

A collection of former and current Manchester United stars gathered at Old Trafford on Friday to attend the unveiling of a statue of manager Alex Ferguson.

Norwegian killer Anders Breivik complains of his 'inhumane' conditions

Norway thought it had heard the last of Anders Behring Breivik, but yesterday it emerged that the man responsible for the massacre of 77 people had complained to prison staff about being served cold coffee and not being allowed to use a moisturiser.

Fjord focus this winter

Matt Carroll heads to a little-known Norwegian wonderland for perfect powder on the pistes

Blackburn Rover manager Henning Berg

Blackburn Rovers opt for untried former fan favourite Henning Berg to lift the gloom

The Norwegian Henning Berg, who won the Premiership title with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, was appointed as the club's manager last night, ending their prolonged search for a replacement for Steve Kean, who left the club in late September.

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Henning Berg confirmed as new manager of Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn have confirmed former defender Henning Berg as their new manager.

Editorial: The battle for equal pay begins on the shopfloor

For most women, the pay packet matters more than who’s in the boardroom

Andrey Arshavin and Per Mertesacker of Arsenal look dejected in defeat

Match Report: Alexander Tettey's Norwich nous calls a Holt to Arsenal hopes

Norwich City 1 Arsenal 0: Midfielder sets up the winner as Norwich finally secure their first victory of the season

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting an emotional day at Anfield

Sir Alex Ferguson praises young Manchester United striker Josh King

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Manchester United striker Josh King following his first international goal for Norway.

Colombian peace talks to begin in Cuba

Colombia's government and Marxist Farc rebels will move to Cuba in mid-November to start substantive peace talks after nearly five decades of war, according to a joint declaration in Norway yesterday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the favourite for the job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rules himself out of the running for vacant post at Bolton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial role at npower Championship club Bolton.

European Union earns the Nobel Peace Prize – and a few brickbats

Greeks and Ukip unite to condemn the award for ‘transforming’ a warring continent

Kimpton opens Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia this Thursday. The colourful 268-room retreat will have a Red Owl Tavern restaurant with a deli and classic American dishes, plus a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 11th floor overlooking the Liberty

Sealed for 99 years and 363 days: Town's secret finally revealed

The parcel was tied up with string, sealed with red wax and dated 26 August 1912 – but the words written in dark blue ink on its brown paper wrapping instructed the holders: “ To be opened in 2012”.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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
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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

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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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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