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A third Christmas live album by the Swedish trombonist, recorded in a Stockholm church.

Album: Tracey Thorn, Tinsel and Lights (Strange Feeling)

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Beth Orton, Union Chapel, London


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Man arrested after brawl erupts on M1 as two are killed in crash

Four fire engines and six ambulances were sent to the scene this morning

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Well this is most unexpected: a stands-up-in-its-own-right solo album from an affiliate of Canadian collective Broken Social Scene who isn’t Feist.

First Aid Kit, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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Mounted police during student protests in London

Budget cuts threaten the future of police horses

Police horses could become a rare sight on Britain’s streets as forces across the country cut or merge their mounted section units to save money.

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Blackpool give Crystal Palace permission to speak to Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace have been given permission by Blackpool to talk to Ian Holloway and he is set to become the club's new manager over the weekend.

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