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“Shock” and “anxiety” ran through the editorial floor of the News of the World the day two people were arrested in 2006 in connection with phone hacking. The description, from the former News International staff journalist Dan Evans, was told to the jury at the phone hacking trial.

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Rebecca Tyrrel: 'So talented is Jonathan Miller, 'Spitting Image' cast him as a surgeon on the phone to the ENO'

Who knew that there maybe something at which Jonathan Miller is not wildly talented? Three sculptural 'assemblages' he displayed in the front garden of his Camden home were removed in the belief that they were unwanted detritus. "We are having our old cast-iron bath replaced, and it was broken in half and left in the front garden," a crestfallen Miller revealed in 2007. "A group of people with some utterly forgettable title … offered to clear the garden … It was only a couple of hours later that we noticed the sculptures had gone."

Analysis of official figures showed that in the past two years nine of the 10 councils with the biggest improvements in recycling pick up non-recyclable waste fortnightly

Battle of the bins: Defra stats show fortnightly refuse collections INCREASES recycling

The battle of the bins has broken out again after analysis of Government figures showed that collecting refuse fortnightly - a policy considered by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, to be rubbish – increases recycling.

Eric Pickles plays to the (closed) gallery

In revealing hidden depths of philistinism, the Communities Secretary riled leftie intellectuals and aped a populist suspicion of the arts

Man jailed for forging Churchill's autograph

An antiques dealer who duped unsuspecting book collectors by forging signatures including those of Sir Winston Churchill and Robert Louis Stevenson has been jailed for 10 months.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Review

Stewie takes on his evil half-brother Bertram in Heavy Iron Studios’ warped cartoon shooter.

Smashing contract for Shanks as Heineken goes green

The waste management group Shanks has won a contract to recycle 15,000 tons of glass for the brewer Heineken – the equivalent of nine million 330ml bottles.

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Get the shed, garage, office and even the living room nice and toasty with these portable fans, fires and radiators

Step one in the organ donation crisis - let's all get recycled

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The 10 Best wrapping paper

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Crews tackle the blaze at Little Warley, near Brentwood

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65 firefighters with fifteen appliances tackle blaze with a pall that can be seen for miles

Danny Dyer: I have a massive crush on Judi Dench

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Tony Evans, football editor of The Times highlighted the greatest scourge in modern football – fans using the Beach Boys’ (pictured) “Sloop John B” as the basis for almost all of their chants.

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