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Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended

Duran Duran cancel third US gig

Duran Duran have cancelled a third consecutive American concert after a band-member contracted a suspected viral illness.

Jordan Rhodes is Scottish at heart

Rhodes leads Scotland to win over Australia with debut goal

Jordan Rhodes scored his first international goal to help Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road last night.

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Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 49er action

Team GB pair Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes miss out on 49er class medal

Great Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes saw their hopes of a bronze medal end today.

Silver medal prospects look good for Team GB's Nick Dempsey

A silver medal for windsurfer Nick Dempsey is still a real prospect after the gold was wrapped up with two races to spare by Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands.

Due diligence on Dylan: writer finds fraud in first chapter

Journalist Michael Moynihan did not have to read past the first chapter of writer Jonah Lehrer's best-selling book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" to realize the high-profile writer had fabricated some of its material, namely quotes from Bob Dylan.

Ben Ainslie now lies in second place

Ben Ainslie's gold medal hopes hit after losing out to Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen yet again

Ben Ainslie saw his assault on Olympic gold stutter once again today as he finished behind Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen for a fifth time at London 2012.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are favourites for gold

The Brits: How we've fared so far

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Dandy Dick, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero’s 1887 comedy has been given a wide berth by directors - it was last staged in the West End in 1973 - and its author largely forgotten. Pinero was celebrated at his peak for his rehabilitation of the farce, and for a while outshone Wilde and Shaw, though his star waned and he died in relative obscurity.

Pavel Pogrebnyak

Reading target Pavel Pogrebnyak set for work permit hearing

Reading are trying hard to finalise their deal for 28-year old Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak before looking for other additions to the squad to prepare for life in the Premier league.

Gun gang guilty of killing dancer in south London

A teenage gang who went "on the prowl" with a loaded gun have been found guilty of killing a professional dancer.

Win a set of all the brilliant winners of the 2012 Fiction Uncovered prize

The Fiction Uncovered prize is an unusual one, in that it selects eight titles instead of one winner each year. Its remit is quite simple: to “uncover and celebrate our best British writers”.

All Rhodes lead to Wembley for Huddersfield

Huddersfield set up an all-Yorkshire showdown with Sheffield United at Wembley on Saturday week as they went through to the League One play-off final 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 to MK Dons.

Joy boy: Jack Hunt (right) celebrates scoring Town's second with Damien Johnson

Rhodes shows premier class to put Terriers in driving seat

Milton Keynes Dons 0 Huddersfield Town 2: Scottish striker's 38th goal of the season brings promotion a step closer as Dons disappoint

Puma wins latest leg of Volvo round the world race

It went down to the wire but the American-flagged Puma won the sixth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

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Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

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A sun-kissed island - yours for the price of a London flat

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Pogues could enjoy fairytale Christmas No 1 thanks to digital streaming

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Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence

Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys

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