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Roy Hodgson is confident that the midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer – and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.

Travolta 'fought to bring his boy back'

John Travolta said yesterday that he and his wife, Kelly Preston, were heartbroken at the loss of their chronically ill son, who collapsed and died while on holiday in the Bahamas.

Lee hails 'terrific' Gerrard as Torres returns in style

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Benitez sends troubled captain into the fray

Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, has reaffirmed his "trust" in captain Steven Gerrard and insists he never had any doubts about playing his key midfielder in tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie at Preston.

Last-gasp Parkin gives McLeish blues

Preston North End 1 Birmingham City 0

We're freezing at night, say prisoners

Inmates in Victorian jail 'treated worse than dogs'

British travellers abandon their short breaks, but hang on to annual holiday

People are ditching city breaks but are setting aside cash for next year's annual holiday, a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey has shown.

Why The Jacksons went househunting in Devon

Earlier this year, the Jacksons decided to move... to Devon. It made for some surreal encounters – and one unmissable documentary. Meg Carter reports

The drive of our lives: 50 Years of Britain's motorways

They promised to speed us towards a modern age and rev up the post-war economy. So what happened? Fifty years after Britain's first motorways opened, Simon Usborne finds out how much we owe to our superhighways – and why the wheels had to come off

Ehiogu rolls back the years to pip persistent Preston

Sheffield United 1 Preston North End 0

Paperbacks: The Wild Trees, by Richard Preston

This book is a strange combination of the utterly absorbing and the almost unreadable. Preston thrillingly conveys his passion for the world's tallest trees.

Confidential files discovered in bin

Confidential police information about undercover officers and key witnesses in a massive drugs operation was found dumped in a bin.

Nigel Preston: Innovative fashion designer whose King's Road shop Maxfield Parrish grew into an international business

Jean Cocteau's maxim, that style is a simple way of saying complex things, sums up the effortless grace of Nigel Preston's skilful, subtle clothes design, most particularly in sheepskin, suede and leather, that inspired the fashion world for 30 years from the mid-Seventies. He was famous for his experimentation with decorative, painterly techniques, for his exotic colouring on leather, for his exquisite ornamentation and his patient eye for detail – his biannual collection was eagerly anticipated. Where Preston led, Hermès and Gucci followed. That he was not a household name says more about the vagaries and hype of the fashion industry than it does about his creative talents. The most unvain of men, he was a natural innovator.

Sir Dennis Weatherstone: Son of a London Transport clerk who became one of the greatest bankers of the late 20th century

Dennis Weatherstone was one of the greatest bankers of the last quarter of the 20th century. Little known to the public, rarely interviewed, he was very much a bankers' banker, deeply respected within the profession. Personally he was the very opposite of a major executive, described as "dapper, precise, soft-spoken. . . unfailingly polite, he moved like a cat. . . he was a man no one disliked". But, as anyone who came into contact with him knew, he "had a steely mind, especially in matters of risk".

Paperbacks: The Mesmerist, by Barbara Ewing

Mesmerism was all the rage in 19th-century London, and in her fourth novel Barbara Ewing imagines life for a female practitioner in this very male world.

Paperback: A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time, by Diana & Michael Preston

Although billed as a history of the Taj Mahal, the Prestons' richly patterned chintz of a book also delivers a romantic account of the Mughal empire as a whole. It treats the moment in the 1630s when the grief-stricken Shah Jahan built the marble tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz, as a pivot for the story of their love, their dynasty, and its spectacular rise and fall. Edward Lear thought it "simply silly" to describe the Taj, this "wonderfully lovely place". The Prestons – though sometimes prone to lush hyperbole – succeed far better than most.

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