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New Chelsea signing Marco van Ginkel in action on the club's pre-season tour in Malaysia

Jose Mourinho continues winning start as Chelsea youngsters produce Malaysian magic

Bertand Traore, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses on target for the Blues as Mourinho backs-up his promise to give youth a chance

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Don't claim Irish ancestry because it's St Patrick's Day, just enjoy it!

No one cares how Irish or how un-Irish you are; we can all still celebrate

Maiden century from Nick Compton keep England on course for draw with New Zealand in first Test

England 167 & 234-1 New Zealand 460-9 decl.

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Inspired by its brooding landscapes, crime writer Charlotte Williams chose the county as the setting for parts of her latest novel

The breakfast room at Côté Carmes

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A restored 16th-century house brings up-cycled style to the heart of south-west France, as Laura Holt discovers

Splendid isolation in Yorkshire: A creative writing course in the shadow of Sylvia Plath

Last June when I arrived at Lumb Bank, a forbidding granite farmhouse above Hebden Bridge, the house manager Becky didn't take my luggage, but she did take a weight off my shoulders: "There's no television, radio or internet connection here," she mentioned breezily as she showed me to a small, sparse bedroom. It struck me then that a holiday might be as simple as removing the white noise of everyday life for a while. And that, I thought guiltily, includes my two small children whom I had left with my wife. But guilt passes. And in my case, quickly.

Offally good: haggis served at Boisdale restaurant in London

You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy haggis

Try it this Burns Night – or at any other time

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly flanking 'Strictly' winners Flavia Cacace and Louis Smith

Louis strikes gold at last in 'Strictly' final

It was a marathon of glitz, glamour, and double entendres – but the dancing was brilliant

Tourists gather underneath the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Merida, southern Mexico

21/12/12: The date to party like it's the end of the world

But remember the bar bill just in case...

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The problem with this amazing diet that I'm on is that it doesn't have a name. It all started during the Olympics when I was in France.

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