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Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Sharon Osbourne 'devastated' by Ozzy's drink and drugs relapse

Sharon Osbourne said she is "devastated" by her rocker husband Ozzy's return to drink and drugs, but said the family will cope with it.

Retailer sees Gap for upmarket boutique

US clothing giant Gap is looking to bring its new luxury boutique chain to the UK.

Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Ozzy Osbourne sets record straight on split-up rumours: 'Sharon and I are not divorcing...but I have been drinking and taking drugs'

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed he has not separated from his wife Sharon after internet rumours reported the pair had split up.

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Britain's Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings war

ITV's talent show drew in 10.5m viewers compared to 6.7m for The Voice

Britain’s Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings battle

According to early data, Simon Cowell’s talent contest peaked with a huge 13.03 million viewers

Women would rather sleep with Dec than Ant. (Dec’s the one on the right)

Tweedledum is sexier than Tweedledee...

Sophie Heawood owns up to being spurned by a famous double act

Margaret Thatcher's daughter Carol thanks well-wishers ahead of funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has thanked well-wishers for their sympathy and support ahead of her mother’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, saying she was prepared for a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”.

Ofcom has launched an investigation into I’m A Celebrity... into a stunt involving Charlie Brooks, left, and her daughter, Kiki, right

ITV rapped by Ofcom over I'm A Celebrity... trial involving Charlie Brooks' daughter

TV watchdog Ofcom has rapped ITV a trial on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! which involved a seven-year-old child.

Review: Into the Woods, By John Yorke

Why it's always the same old story

Hilary Devey is the star of new Channel 4 show The Intern

TV review: The Intern (Channel 4) and Dogging Tales (Channel 4)

"We are wasting so much talent," protested Hilary Devey at the beginning of The Intern, a new show that promises to deploy a "radical recruitment method" to get Britain's young jobless on the career ladder. As a top businesswoman and high-profile Dragon, Hilary dislikes waste and she has, I think, spotted something that other television presenters have missed.

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.

Bye, bye Brian, hello Emma Willis as Big Brother host

'Thrilled' Emma Willis ousts Brian Dowling as host of Big Brother

TV presenter Emma Willis is replacing Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother.

Ollie Locke reading from his memoir 'Laid in Chelsea'

Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke reveals all in ‘Laid in Chelsea’ memoir

Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke has released a tell-all book.

David Haye

Boxing: Comeback kid David Haye takes aim at world title

The British fighter does not yet have an opponent

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The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone