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

Saull excels to maintain Sarries' unbeaten run

Saracens 15 Sale 13

Bar victim traces attacker on Facebook

A woman who was glassed in a nightclub turned detective on social networking site Facebook, helping police to catch her attacker, it was revealed today.

Wuthering Heights, ITV1<br/>The Choir: Unsung Town, BBC2

Tom Hardy's demonic portrait of Bront&#235;'s anti-hero dominates the screen

Portsmouth complete Smith signing

Portsmouth have signed Watford striker Tommy Smith on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

GCSE ballet stars off to the Bolshoi

Two of Britain's brightest ballet hopes will collect their GCSE results today knowing they are heading to a world renowned dance school regardless of their grades.

Ballerina aims to break Britain's Bolshoi curse

16-year-old is only the fourth Briton to win a place at the Russian academy

Album: Soft Machine, The Soft Machine and Volume Two (Polydor)

Despite a reputation second only to Pink Floyd, Soft Machine struggled to make much of an impression outside of a small cognoscenti, until they became a full-blown jazz-rock combo in the 1970s.

Mothers will shun the House without extra help, warn MPs

Julie Kirkbride's decision to resign has set off warnings that women MPs with young children may find it increasingly difficult to juggle their professional and family lives.

The Top Comprehensive Schools at A-level*

*The school point score is devised through a new system introduced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Government’s exams watchdog. Under it, equal weight is given for a general and vocational A-level with 270 points awarded for an A-grade pass, 240 for a B, 210 for a C, 180 for a D, 150 for an E. The International Baccalaureate is also recognised with 1,380 points for a maximum diploma score of 45.

More Zavvi shops closed

Administrators for music, DVD and games retailer Zavvi closed another 18 UK stores with the loss of 353 jobs today.

Rail passengers hit by technical problems

Passengers had to endure further travel misery on a key London to Scotland rail route today.

'Judicious' spending hits John Lewis sales

John Lewis Partnership today said department store sales slid 9.8 per cent during another tough week for the retailer.

Former Tory candidate faces sentence for hate campaign

A former Tory prospective parliamentary candidate will be sentenced today for a hate campaign against his rivals.

Former Tory candidate admits to a campaign of abuse against Lib Dems

A former Tory prospective parliamentary candidate has admitted carrying out a campaign of harassment against his Liberal Democrat rivals.

Boxing: Hatton in trainer split

Ricky Hatton will head into his world title clash against Paulie Malignaggi in November without trainer Billy Graham in his corner after confirming their 11-year partnership has come to an end.

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