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Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died, aged 93.

Philip Hensher: Do you want an experience or just to film it?

Sarah Millican is right. It's theft, as much as if you went into Waterstones and photocopied a new novel

Wetherspoon remains cautious despite Christmas cheer

An improved sales performance provided some Christmas cheer for pub chain JD Wetherspoon but its chairman warned today that its expansion plans may be scaled back in the face of more tax hikes.

Luke Haines

Luke Haines: A Britpop outsider grapples with life in the ring

Even by his own perverse standards, Luke Haines's album about wrestling seems obscure. But his interest is sincere, not ironic, he tells James McNair

Detention for woman over riot theft

A teenager who stole two left-footed trainers after crawling into a looted shop has been detained for a month for each second she spent inside the premises.

Copycat attacks spread to Birmingham and beyond

The unrest seen in London continued to spread to the rest of England last night, as a police station in Nottingham was firebombed by youths.

Album: Beverley Knight, Soul UK (Hurricane Records)

Wolverhampton's finest revisits some favourite home-grown soul from her youth, making a strong case for her argument that this genre always gets overlooked when the media gets nostalgic about the 1980s and 1990s.

Boy, 3, killed after failings

A three-year-old boy was tortured and murdered by a couple employed to care for him after a string of failings by agencies monitoring his killers, a serious case review has found.

How We Met: Jaki Graham & Beverley Knight

'I knew her as a singer who lived locally and I saw her in our local store when I was 10'

Praise the Sabbath: now Birmingham shows its metal

Britain's second city gave the world its heaviest sounds. A series of exhibitions celebrates a deafening history

Murder hunt police find two televisions

Detectives investigating the murder of an elderly couple found dead in their home on Good Friday have found two televisions they were hunting for as part of the inquiry.

More time for Italian couple murder quiz

Detectives investigating the murder of an elderly Italian couple who were found dead in the bedroom of their home have been granted extra time to question two men.

Three held on elderly couple murder

Detectives have arrested three men on suspicion of murdering an elderly Italian couple who were found dead in their home.

IT's annual jamboree: Turn up, turn it off, turn it on again...

Support staff feel unappreciated and unloved. Tom Peck hears their tales of woe

FA changed the rules in order to get at Rooney, says furious Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson was unrepentant about Wayne Rooney's conduct yesterday, claiming that the Football Association had changed its disciplinary system in mid-season to impose a two-game ban on the player, as part of a deliberate and systematic attempt to victimise Manchester United.

Houllier admits relegation fear

Gerard Houllier admitted yesterday he is "concerned" about Aston Villa's Premier League position with just eight games left this season.

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Sports Quiz of the Year

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect