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Snow brings M6 to stand still while flooding hits other areas of Britain

Heavy snow has closed the M6 motorway in both directions after lorries jacknifed across carriageways while flooding in other areas of the country has led to various traffic problems.

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Released to acclaim in the States last summer, White's solo debut is a slinky stew of singer-songwriterly grace set against stabs of Southern soul – Bon Iver backed by the Stax house band.

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