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

Harry Redknapp: 'We run this club as it should be run. We're not going to put Spurs in debt'

Harry Redknapp to give team talk ... if he beats rush-hour traffic

Harry Redknapp will try to put his personal problems aside and deliver a pre-match team talk to his Tottenham side before tonight's game at Watford, rush-hour traffic permitting.

Jordan and Bond will take charge during tax trial

Harry Redknapp's assistants Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond will take on the Tottenham Hotspur manager's responsibilities on a day-to-day basis while Redknapp faces trial for tax evasion next week. The trial starts on Monday.

Steve Borthwick, of Saracens, scores his side’s first try during their victory over Bath at Vicarage Road yesterday

Borthwick benefits as Bath curse their luck

Saracens 26 Bath 19

Brad Barritt goes on the charge at Twickenham: 'I like to think I'd be adaptable to what any coach wants'

Boring Barritt can fill gaping hole in centre of England

Saracen's defensive qualities could be well suited to reviving Red Rose fortunes

Brendan Rodger, the Swansea manager, has bad memories of Manchester United

Swansea plan contract talks with Brendan Rodgers

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is to hold talks with manager Brendan Rodgers over a new long-term contract at the Liberty Stadium.

Welcome to Bolton West Services – unless you're Peter Kay

Aficionados of Britain's stop-start motorways will know the M61 north of Manchester for two reasons.

Ex-NOTW whistleblowing reporter found dead

A former News of the World reporter who alleged Andy Coulson "encouraged" him to hack phones was found dead today.

Second man held over bank siege

Detectives have arrested a second man over a high street bank bomb alert which sparked a three-hour stand-off with armed police.

Bomb squad called to siege at Watford bank

A man with a fake bomb strapped to his body caused panic on the streets of Watford yesterday, after entering a bank and threatening staff.

Bank siege man was carrying bomb

A man arrested after a three-hour siege at a bank was carrying a bomb, police said today.

Smash, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

In these days of non-stop cross-disciplinary adaptation, here's a genuine first: a stage play about the making of a flop musical based on a television drama that is actually a coded analysis of the flop musical's creative team – who are producing another musical altogether in the current performance without songs.

Love, Love, Love, Palace Theatre, Watford

Sixties satire that’s right on song

Great Expectations, Palace Theatre, Watford

A barefoot village boy stumbles across an escaped African convict in the shadows of a graveyard, cursing the "white devil" colonisers of the Indian subcontinent where he finds himself.

Lib Dem council chiefs condemn cuts

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is facing resistance from Liberal Democrat council chiefs over the pace and scale of the coalition Government's spending cuts.

Punt & Dennis: They Should Get Out More, Palace Theatre, Watford

After a break of over three years, these two stalwarts of BBC radio comedy are back on the road, pointing to the title of their show as their motivation.

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