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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Tom Alexander: Former racing driver intent on steering Orange past its rivals

He admits to a thirst for speed, which may be why he was picked to lead Orange UK in the fast-changing world of mobiles. The figures suggest he is winning.

Jill Dando: golden girl of television

The Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando was deeply in love and planning to marry when she was gunned down on her doorstep.

The Ten Best Children's Audio Books

Keep kids occupied throughout the summer holidays with our choice of children's audio books

Hospital accused over nurse's death in labour

A hospital was accused today of neglect in the death of a nurse who died after a Caesarean.

Paddington returns to his station as children's favourite

Fifty years have passed since a furry fellow from darkest Peru turned up at Paddington station with a battered suitcase and a label around his neck saying, "Please Look After This Bear. Thank you." The kindly Mr and Mrs Brown, of 32 Windsor Gardens, did indeed look after the bear, whom they named after the premises on which he was found.

Hanged presenter 'left two suicide notes'

Television presenter Mark Speight left two suicide notes, his inquest was told today.

Police investigate delay in finding presenter's body

Police have launched an investigation into how the body of the children's TV presenter Mark Speight went undiscovered in a building next to London's Paddington station for six days.

TV host hanged himself, say police

The body of the missing children's television presenter Mark Speight was found hanging in a building adjacent to Paddington railway station, police confirmed tonight.

Ladbrokes wins as high rollers lose

Ladbrokes has announced a 45 per cent increase in annual profits, delivered almost entirely by a miserable run of luck for its richest customers.

Cover Stories: Paddington's birthday; Rebecca Miller; Jewish Book Week

* Paddington, who lately discovered a penchant for Marmite, celebrates his 50th birthday this year. His creator, Michael Bond, will mark the occasion with a new adventure, Paddington Here and Now (HarperCollins) in June. Sadly, Paddington has rather fallen out of favour with young readers on account (say his publishers) of the Brown family employing a housekeeper and travelling on buses, rather than in a 4x4. His big birthday also inspires a memoir by Shirley Clarkson, maker of the first Paddington toys. Bearly Believable: My Part in the Paddington Bear Story (Harriman House) tells the story of the company launched from her kitchen table. Her very first bear was made for her son, little Jeremy Clarkson, who was devoted to Paddington.

The Man Who Pays His Way: Britain is top of the European rail league table – and not in a good way

No timetables, only rumours: that is Charles Nicholl's description of rail travel in Colombia. Train passengers in parts of Britain will recognise the notion, with overrunning engineering work and above-inflation fare hikes making New Year travel miserable. Only a cruise aboard the good ship Norovirus has less appeal.

'Problem areas' affect Weston Plan

The prospect of England's top clubs and the Rugby Football Union reaching agreement on the running of the professional clubs and the representative games looks as remote as ever.

Deaths from 'dirty hospital bug' double in five years

The hospital bug Clostridium difficile is causing more than twice as many deaths as it did five years ago, the first official figures show.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Now the US and Britain can declare victory in Iraq and bring their troops back home

Mr Bush and Mr Blair pass by the opportunities to retreat. They want a better moment
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

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Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

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The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

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These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam