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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Councils must provide plots for local residents where there is demand

Gardeners dig in for long legal battle to defend allotments

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, faces a protracted legal battle after he gave permission to allow developers to build on the site of Farm Terrace allotments in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Watford's Vicarage Road stadium

Kick It Out launches investigation into Watford youth match after alleged racial abuse during under-19 tournament in Italy

Dave Hughes instructed his side to leave the pitch during the Wojtyla Cup game against Latina Calcio in Rome

Ikechi Anya is determined to impress if selected for Scotland against Belgium

Ikechi Anya hopes first Scotland cap will wipe out painful memories of Glasgow

Ikechi Anya is determined to impress if selected for Scotland against Belgium on Friday after admitting his previous memory of playing football there was not a positive one.

Will Adamsdale and Fraser Ayers in Stuart - A Life Backwards

Edinburgh 2013: Stuart: A Life Backwards - Fraser Ayres gives an electrifying central performance

There is a stunning performance at the heart of this theatrical adaptation of Alexander Masters' award-winning biography. Fraser Ayres plays Stuart Shorter, a chaotic, garrulous homeless man who has spent his life fighting - abuse, muscular dystrophy, drug addiction, poverty.

After a yoga class or a coffee? Pop into Tesco

Supermarket chain meets the online shopping challenge as it unveils its 21st century blueprint for future stores - and James Thompson reports on the new space race

Eric Pickles' approval of a council's building plans was shot down by judicial review

Allotment holders win victory over Eric Pickles' building plan

Communities Secretary had to backtrack after approving moves by a council to build homes on a 2.7 hectare patch of land

Tesco wants to start offering yoga classes

Yoga classes and hair salons? Every little helps for Tesco

Tesco is hoping to offset the mundane nature of the weekly food shop by turning its out-of-town supermarkets into ‘exciting retail destinations’ offering everything from yoga classes to cookery courses.

More allotments are being sold off by councils

Allotment-holders take legal action against Eric Pickles

Legal action launched over decision to allow sale of sites

Behind closed doors: David Cameron attending Bilderberg meeting

David Cameron is tonight courting controversy by attending a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which comprises senior politicians, economists, business leaders and academics from Europe and North America.

Ikechi Anya of Watford reacts after missing a goal scoring chance during the npower Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Leicester City and Watford

Gianfranco Zola remains confident Watford can reach play-off final despite defeat to Leicester

The Hornets head back to Vicarage Road needing to overturn a 1-0 defeat

No room at Hull City for nerves with promotion to the Premier League at stake, says Steve Bruce

Hull have failed to score a single goal in their last three games

Rudy Gestede’s two goals took Championship leaders, Cardiff City, to the very brink of promotion

League round-up: Cavalier Cardiff look up

Heidar Helguson's 26th-minute header and two goals from Rudy Gestede took the Championship leaders, Cardiff City, to the very brink of promotion with a 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, who had Darius Henderson sent of for a foul on Helguson at 1-0. Cardiff are 12 points ahead of Watford, third, with 12 to play for, have a superior goal difference of five and host Charlton on Tuesday.

Cardiff City forward Fraizer Campbell (far left) heads home the opener in todays’s emphatic win

Cardiff City 3 Blackburn Rovers 0: Malky Mackay stays calm as Cardiff surge closer to their top-flight dream

The 51-year wait for top-flight football to return to Cardiff is almost over after Malky Mackay watched his side dismantle Blackburn Rovers yesterday to extend their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points. Fraizer Campbell's sixth goal in 11 games broke Rovers' resistance and Joe Mason showed why half a dozen clubs wanted his services before the loan deadline closed last week, before Peter Whittingham's injury-time penalty sealed a job well done.

‘I didn’t see it coming,’ admitted Gianfranco Zola of the equaliser

Watford 3 Burnley 3: match report - Zola puzzled by Watford wobble at the vital time

Watford's chances of promotion to the Premier League may have seemed strong a month ago but they are now in danger of unravelling in front of Gianfranco Zola's eyes after this latest wobble.

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