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The day after my father died, my aunt came to me and said, "You're an orphan now". It didn't matter that I was in my early forties, or that my mother had passed away years before – the fact remained, my dad was gone. My brothers, my sister and I were on our own, lost without the rudder that had once steered the family ship.

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She just shared a quick scene with Kenneth Branagh in Wallander as the killer’s wife.

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Boris Johnson says his 'Hiroshima' tube messages did not put people off coming into London during the Games

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Man guilty of babysitter killing

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Donostia, 10 Seymour Place, London W1

As holidaymakers know, Donostia is the Basque name for San Sebastian, the lovely, sun-drenched municipality on the north coast of Spain that's capital of the Basque country. Tourists spill into it every year to, um, bask in the Bay of Biscay, to drink txakoli and nibble pungent snacks in the tiny bars of the Parte Vieja (or 'Old Part of Town') or sample the classier cuisine of the Michelin-starred Arzak restaurant.

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Long-running West End show Chicago - which has featured an array of star names - is to close after nearly 15 years.

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The River Café, The banks of the River Wye, Glasbury-on-Wye, near Hay-on-Wye, Hereford

Last time a critic visited the River Café, a court case ensued. Now, let our man be the judge...

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See the UK premiere of The Suit for just £15

The ultimate betrayal. The cruellest revenge. A hauntingly beautiful musical play.

See the UK premiere of The Suit for just £15

The ultimate betrayal. The cruellest revenge. A hauntingly beautiful musical play.

O'Brien's lesser lights stride into frame for Epsom Classics

The established Ballydoyle stars are scheduled to glitter at Newmarket at the weekend, with Camelot and Maybe, last year's top-rated juvenile colt and filly, short-priced favourites for the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas respectively. But there have been echoes of light from some of their less-exposed Aidan O'Brien stablemates, notably the filly Kissed at Navan yesterday and the colt Imperial Monarch at Sandown on Saturday.

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