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UK car production hit a six-year high in 2013 as the number of vehicles rolling off the line topped 1.5 million.

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Grace Dent: All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, Channel 4

There is meaning, emotional depth, and tenderness in spray-tan colour charts

Titus Bramble cleared of sex attacks

Footballer Titus Bramble was cleared today of sexually assaulting two women.

James McClean has impressed at club side Sunderland

James McClean closes Twitter account after death threats following Ireland selection for Euro 2012

James McClean has closed his Twitter account after receiving death threats following his selection for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 finals squad.

Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire, England

Trending: What's the buzz about Fleet? Sex toys may provide the answer

Last year Fleet in Hampshire topped a national quality of life survey, now a new study might explain why: its residents spend more money on sex toys than anywhere else.

ASAMOAH GYAN: The striker has scored 22 goals for Al Ain since his loan from Sunderland

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan poised to sign permanent deal with Al Ain

Asamoah Gyan's permanent departure from Sunderland looks more likely after the Al Ain chief executive, Carlo Nohra, claimed he was "very confident" of signing the striker on a new deal.

SEBASTIAN LARSSON: The Sunderland midfielder has been playing through the pain for weeks

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson eyes Euro 2012 as hernia surgery is brought forward

Sebastian Larsson is expected to be fit in time to face England with Sweden in the European Championship in June, despite undergoing a hernia operation on Tuesday.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey out for six months

Wolves have confirmed goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will be out of action for around six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament.

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Aston Villa fans give a standing ovation during the 19th minute in support of club captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with acute leukemia last week.

Stiliyan Petrov pays visit to Aston Villa training ground

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov has paid his first visit to the club's training ground since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia and is in "good spirits", according to first-team coach Gordon Cowans.

Trio saved after boat capsizes

It was a case of three men out of, rather than in, a boat when a trio had to be rescued by lifeboat crews after their craft capsized during a drinking trip.

Dronke: scrupulous, sparkling translations that brought texts to life

Ursula Dronke: Enlightening scholar of medieval literature

Ursula Dronke was a brilliant, vital, and impressive representative of a world that seems to be fast disappearing from our grasp: a scholarship girl who, from a luminous sense of their intrinsic value, dedicated her life to difficult works of the human imagination; she was still publishing in her 90th year.

Mario Balotelli with Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure denies dressing-room fight with Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has insisted claims he had a dressing-room fight with team-mate Mario Balotelli are not true and have upset both players.

Steven Nzonzi leaves Chelsea’s Frank Lampard in his wake when Rovers were edged 1-0 at Ewood Park earlier this season

Blackburn's Nzonzi dreams of becoming the new Vieira

Midfielder tells David Fearnhead about his hero and how Rovers plan to beat the drop

Bilbao's stadium, nicknamed La Catedral, was built in the English style

Welcome to Spain's old English outpost

Athletic Club de Bilbao are famed for their Basque heritage; only players from the region can represent the team, but the visit of Manchester United tonight will be a celebration of Anglophilia for a club founded by English quarrymen and local students who had studied in England.

“Ohuruogu is back. I’ve seen it in training. Now she is inspired and that’s good news,” says Charles van Commenee

Van Commenee lets mask slip as excitement builds

With the Olympics just four months away, Britain's record medal haul in Istanbul even provoked a reaction from the cool coach

Kevin Kyle leaves Hearts

Kevin Kyle has left Hearts after agreeing to an early termination of his contract.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas