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Preston show exit to Brown after poor run

Preston North End have parted company with manager Phil Brown after less than a year in charge at Deepdale. Brown, 52, who had guided Hull City into the Premier League via the play-offs in 2008, was appointed in January but was unable to save them from relegation from the Championship.

A snapshot of biking Britain

As Team Green Britain Bike Week gets up to speed, just how much do we like to get on our bikes – and who needs to be coaxed back into the saddle?

Arrow: Soca singer who came to worldwide fame with his hit 'Hot, Hot,

Alphonsus Cassell, better-known as "Arrow" or "The Mighty Arrow", was considered the king of soca (soul-calypso) music, taking the traditional Caribbean calypso to a worldwide audience with the upbeat addition of soul, merengue, salsa, rock, zouk, reggae and hip-hop influences. His self-penned 1980s hit "Hot, Hot, Hot" became one of the most-played songs ever – from beaches and cruise ships to discos and wedding receptions – and has been recorded in more than a dozen languages, including Hindi.

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Fred Kaan: Minister and celebrated hymn writer

Fred Kaan was known and honoured throughout the English speaking world as a hymn writer. He was in the tradition of reformed ministers such as Philip Doddridge who wrote hymns to follow and sum up the sermons they preached. Having started to write hymns early in his ministry, his output grew steadily during his career.

The Facebook paedophile ring

A nursery worker has confessed to abusing babies and then sharing the images on the internet with two accomplices. But still she refuses to name the victims of her crimes

Keith Floyd: Television cook who paved the way for the modern

Keith Floyd was a television cook who enjoyed and profited from a large audience despite having no outstanding talent, either as a cook or as a TV presenter, no great knowledge of his subject, or any apparent passion for anything but drink. This is not to say that his first TV programmes were bad – they were, indeed, highly diverting entertainment, following in the 1969-71 footsteps of "The Galloping Gourmet," Graham Kerr (whose trademark glass of wine Floyd adopted). This, however, was not the result of any work by Floyd himself, or of a writer, but of his director, David Pritchard who, as is the way of these things, is not himself represented by an entry in Who's Who, though Floyd would not be there himself were it not for Pritchard's one big idea. Floyd always gave Pritchard, who now works with Rick Stein, the credit for "discovering" him, when the BBC Plymouth producer happened to be eating in Floyd's restaurant in Bristol, and asked him if he thought he could cook on camera.