Sport Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

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Rents could top £2,000 a week during Games

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Aggreko signs Japanese power deal

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P&G launches first ever UK corporate ads

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Winter Olympics chief knew of luge fears a year before athlete's death

Sport's federation voiced alarm over dangers of high-speed run

Winter Sports: Back-to-back skeleton wins edge Rudman closer to world crown

Shelley Rudman claimed her second consecutive World Cup victory in St Moritz yesterday to boost her chances of being crowned overall women's skeleton world champion in Cesana next week.

Williams struggles on return to the ice

The Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams returned to the ice for the first time since her famous triumph in Vancouver today with a 12th-place finish in the Skeleton World Cup race in Igls, Austria.

Eight arrested over masked asylum-seeker

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The New Pornographers, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The seven-piece Vancouver collective The New Pornographers somehow remain Canada's most underrated band.

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48 Hours In: Vancouver

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My Secret Life: Douglas Coupland, novelist and artist, 48

My parents were ... pleasingly disengaged from interfering with my life.

Quaid claims asylum for fear of LA stalkers

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