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

A&L shocks the markets with £185m write down

Alliance & Leicester admitted regret about its investments in risky assets yesterday as it scrapped its profit target and said it would not compete strongly for new mortgage customers this year.

'No permanent damage' to poisoned toddler's lungs

A little girl hospitalised during a family holiday in Cyprus after a barman diluted her orange juice with chemical detergent suffered no permanent damage to her lungs in the accident, doctors said today.

Carol Rhodes turns the world upside down

The strange, no-man's-land aerial views of Carol Rhodes' exquisite, detailed paintings make demands on the viewer. And they're all the better for that, says Tom Lubbock

Duran Duran, The Lyceum, London<br/>Daggers, Purple Turtle, London

More than 25 years after they burst on to the scene, Duran Duran show that they haven't lost the art of making great pop songs

Collectors' Corner: Russian art comes in from the cold

Russia's super-rich elite are digging deep to buy all kinds of art from the motherland

Talbot ends Hinckley's FA Cup voyage

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Parents reveal bullying torment of suicide girl is revealed Parents release girl's account of bullying

The parents of a 13-year-old girl who killed herself in a suicide pact with a friend yesterday released a 1,500-word letter found in her bedroom in which she wrote of her anguish at being bullied.

Parents reveal bullying torment of suicide girl is revealed Parents release girl's account of bullying

The parents of a 13-year-old girl who killed herself in a suicide pact with a friend yesterday released a 1,500-word letter found in her bedroom in which she wrote of her anguish at being bullied.

Parents reveal bullying torment of suicide girl is revealed Parents release girl's account of bullying

The parents of a 13-year-old girl who killed herself in a suicide pact with a friend yesterday released a 1,500-word letter found in her bedroom in which she wrote of her anguish at being bullied.

The Little White Car by Danuta de Rhodes

It's his/her best novel yet: Thelma and Louise without the travelling

Beware the whirlpools of overseas retirement

British pensioners love to settle abroad. But the financial rules vary depending on where you go. Simon Hildrey reports

Sale end Rotherham resolve to go fourth

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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