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The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

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Actor Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House. At its peak, he was watched by 81.8 million people in 66 countries.

House finally hangs up his stethoscope

After eight years, Hugh Laurie calls time on the most popular television doctor in the world.

Little wonder left its author lost for words

A witty tome on etymology has surprised just about everyone to become a bestseller, says Nick Duerden

The Etymologicon: The little wonder that left its author lost for words

A witty tome on etymology has become a surprise bestseller
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Sherlock Holmes and the curious case of the author's ruined mansion

Campaigners fighting to save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crumbling former home have been boosted by a High Court decision to allow a judicial review of a case that might have tested the wit of the author's most famous creation.

Stephen Fry and Victoria Wood star as 'human beans', while Robert Sheehan, Sharon Horgan, Christopher Eccleston, and Aisling Loftus are The Borrowers

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'Dam Busters' dog renamed

The mascot of RAF 617 Squadron, a dog owned by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, is to have its name changed in a remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters.

Letters: The Care System

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Celebrities give voice to benches

A series of "talking benches" voiced by such celebrities as Miranda Hart and Stephen Fry are being set up at eight beauty spots.

Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out: 'Classical music is irrelevant to today's youth'

As he prepares to take part in a Cambridge Union debate with Stephen Fry, Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out explains why classical music has had its day

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Adopting high fibre diet could dramatically cut risk of bowel cancer, says study

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Innovative study in the US produces remarkable results
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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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