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Now... On 20 January, Neilson has a week in the Norwegian ski resort of Geilo for £375pp. The package includes flights from Gatwick to Oslo on Norwegian, transfers and a catered stay at Forest Chalet I – within walking distance of the family-friendly ski area of Geilolia. Neilson.co.uk

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Norwegian killer Anders Breivik complains of his 'inhumane' conditions

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Henning Berg dismissed the significance of barbed comments he once made about Blackburn's owners following his appointment as manager of the npower Championship club.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting an emotional day at Anfield

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