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A dancer who was with the captain on the bridge of the Costa Concordia when the liner crashed with the loss of 32 lives has denied that her presence created a fatal distraction.

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Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

Ireland record comprehensive defeat of Italy

Ireland 42 Italy 10

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Newt Gingrich said he would continue his campaign and blamed Romney’s victory on his superior spending

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Mishkin’s, 25 Catherine Street, London WC2

The cable channel Dave famously got its name because the marketeers believed everyone had a friend called Dave. Mishkin's, a new Jewish(ish) diner in Covent Garden, has a similarly ersatz provenance – named for its owner, Ezra Mishkin, who sounds like the kind of mensch who'd feed you good chicken soup and bad jokes, but who doesn't actually exist.

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Italy's new premier has urged MPs to rapidly agree his new taxes, pension reforms and growth measures, saying the survival of the euro depends on the country making "strong sacrifices".

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Patrick Hughes: Fifty Years in Show Business, Flowers Galleries, London

When Patrick Hughes was a toddler, he slept with his mother in a cupboard beneath the stairs to shelter from Nazi bombs. Imagine what a Continental or American artist would have made of this Oedipal dream fulfilled while, as if in retribution, death rained down outside his little womb. For Hughes, however, the significance of this experience was his view of the underside of the stairs. Up became down, in became out, and Hughes never looked back. He has become the master of visual paradox and puzzle – the keyhole-shaped solid that retains the image of what the peeper saw through it, the striped tin of striped paint.

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