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If you are reaching for your handkerchief it might be too late to stop the spread of flu, research suggests.

Swan found decapitated

Council officers are investigating an incident in which a swan was left decapitated.

Album: Daniel Taylor, Shakespeare: Come Again, Sweet Love (RCA Red Seal)

Accompanied by the voices and period instruments of the Theatre of Early Music, celebrated countertenor Daniel Taylor here presents a collection of songs drawn from, or influenced by, Shakespeare, composed by the likes of Gibbons, Purcell and Dowland.

Paul Newman: Swansea must not forget their history of ups and downs

The Football League Column:

23 more swans discovered dead

Twenty-three dead swans have been discovered close to where eight others were found shot with an air gun last week, bringing the total killed to 31 in just a month.

Wild swans under threat as numbers begin to decline

Britain's two species of migratory wild swans, which come from the far north to spend the winter here and add grace and charm to many lakes and pools, are undergoing contrasting fortunes which are beginning to worry conservationists.

League round-up: Sinclair sparks Swans as Bluebirds falter

Early and late goals saw the Championship's match of the day end 1-1 at Carrow Road where Michael Chopra set up Jon Parkin to give Cardiff City a seventh-minute lead against Norwich City with a meaty drive. Canaries pressure on the Bluebirds' goal paid off in the final minute of normal time when Russell Martin scored at the far post.

Somerset's swans go wild again

It was the happiest start to the year, after the most miserable of Christmases, for a large group of swans, finally released back into the wild in Somerset.

The Bed of Procrustes, By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

An opinionated and witty commentator finds the perfect form for his life maxims

24-Hour Room Service: The Swan Hotel and Spa, Cumbria

After the flood: the hotel that rose again

League round-up: Eriksson gets a reality check as Emnes gives Swans flight

After a midweek win at Leeds, the Sven-Goran Eriksson effect quickly wore off for Leicester City when they met a stiffer Championship test at the Liberty Stadium where Swansea City's second-half substitute, Marvin Emnes, on loan from Middlesbrough, made an immediate impact with a 50th-minute goal. The Swans' 2-0 win was wrapped up in injury time by Scott Sinclair. The result took Brendan Rogers' side up to fourth; Leicester are a point above the bottom three.

DVD: Lost: Season 6 (15)

What's less believable than the plotline of the last instalment of Lost?

Leger legends relive glory days back in saddle

The only surprise was that nobody had managed to produce John Singleton, who rode the first St Leger winner here in 1776. Instead, the senior of 16 former jockeys who contested a charity race here yesterday was George Duffield, as trim at 63 as when he won the 1992 Leger on User Friendly. And while the success of Charlie Swan testified to the enduring advantages of youth – at 42, he was younger than all bar one of the "Leger Legends" – the abiding lesson of their calling remains that there's no point growing older, if you don't grow wiser.

Business Diary: A grumpy Taleb is not a black swan event

Sounds like Nassim Nicholas Taleb has fallen out with someone else. The Black Swan author had a very public spat last year with Myron Scholes, the economist who won a Nobel Prize for his work on options pricing. His latest Twitter updates suggest his mood has not improved since then. "My only definition of success: when all those you hate are dead (or, even better, published by Penguin Classics or La Pléiade)," he offered yesterday. What's that all about?

Queen asked to help tackle 'Asbo' swan

Rowers called today for the Queen to approve the removal of an aggressive swan after it attacked people on the river.

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