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A senior High Court judge has argued that couples should not have children until they are ready to wed.

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Recently, Paul McCartney’s  long and  winding road has veered, bumpily, between peppy, populist highways (Olympics gigs, Diamond Jubilees) and more restless byways (an electronic music collaboration with Youth and the Nigel Godrich-produced 2005 album Chaos & Creation …). On the first album of original Macca-song since Memory Almost Full (2007), his split explorations lead to one destination: a spot where McCartney-isms, vintage and modern, meet mostly amicably.

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City grandee Sir Paul Judge has warned that he will countersue the scandal-ridden mining concern Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation after the Kazakhstan-based group lodged a High Court writ against him.

ENRC sues ex-director over alleged media leaks

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Raised in rural County Clare and educated in a convent, Edna O'Brien fled to swinging London to become a novelist. Her frank, autobiographical debut, The Country Girls (1960), caused outrage back in Ireland, but O'Brien considered it a necessary step in her “daring emancipation”.

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The musician, 35, replied to answers in mono-syllables and appeared confused by the word 'prerequisite'

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A Russian court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group.

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Sir Paul McCartney has swapped Beatles for grasshoppers - after a stage invasion by a swarm of the creatures.

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