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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

John Lewis finds its Faith after social media appeal for five-year-old bauble breaker

Little girl had written a letter with £2 attached saying ‘I’m sorry I broke a Christmas bauble on Saturday’

One man and his blog: Herdyshepherd’s flock

Flock star: A shepherd in the Lake District now has almost 20,000 Twitter followers

Simon Usborne asks @HerdyShepherd1 how he came to have such a large 'farmy army'

Tom Daley says his whole world has changed

Tom Daley's coming out video was brave and honest... and something else as well

Perhaps we saw a hint of manipulation too in this piece to camera

Twitter underwriter warns of "unattractive valuation" after hot stock market debut

One of the banks that floated Twitter on the New York Stock Exchange has stunned Wall Street by warning of an “unattractive valuation” and rated the stock to “underperform” rating on the shares.

'We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience,' said Susan Allen, RBS director of customer relations

Bank failed to invest properly in IT systems for decades, boss admits after NatWest and RBS Cyber Monday card glitch

Embarrassing failure left customers unable to use credit and debit cards for three hours

Topsy: who are they and why did Apple buy them?

Apple's $200 million acquisition of the Twitter anlaytics company has raised questions about the company's interest in social media

Apple pays $200m for Twitter insight from Topsy Labs

The acquisition marks an unusual foray into socia media for the Californian tech giant

Katie Hopkins apologises for ‘terribly ill timed’ Scottish life expectancy tweet one day after Glasgow helicopter crash

An online petition has been set up calling for Hopkins to be ‘banned’ from ever appearing on TV again

Tom Daley, Olympic diver

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It’s more than two years until the next Olympics. How’s our Tom keeping busy?

Playing to type: Anne pledged to write 50,000 words in November

NaNoWriMo: A novel approach

Each year, aspiring writers are challenged to produce a 50,000-word work in a month. Anne Penketh embarked on a fictional journey with her murder mystery, The Marsh

Nate Diaz proved triumphant in The Ultimate Fighter finale by defeating Gray Maynard

MMA: UFC Ultimate Fighter finale overshadowed by life-threatening condition of heavyweight Shane Del Rosario

Del Rosario was found having suffered two heart attacks but state-of-the-art treatment has left dhim clinging onto his life

Final effort: The injured Tom Daley performs in front of a beautiful backdrop

I'm giddy with delight - Tom Daley's coming out could herald a domino effect among public figures

But news media should take note of his choice of words. "Bi", not '"gay"

Matt Butler: The national treasure, his soiled shorts and the shaven ‘fairy’

View From The Sofa: Backchat, BBC3

Gary Lineker, the former England striker and Match of the Day presenter, has offered a financial reward on twitter to anyone who can track down his mother's stolen Vauxhall Corsa

Gary Lineker offers twitter followers reward for finding mother's stolen car

Match of the Day presenter says his ill mother is "heartbroken"

Michael Jamieson confirmed that he had to have his heart restarted on Wednesday

Swimming: Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson reveals he had heart restarted on Wednesday

Jamieson sent out a tweet confirming he suffered an irregular heartbeat but is already back in the pool

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
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Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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The West needs more than a White Knight

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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