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

Gamble takes Dascombe to a glittering career

The address seemed painfully apposite: Folly Road, Lambourn. But Tom Dascombe had finally found a home for his horses. He had eight of them: six yearlings, a jumper, and a lead horse. At least that last one was paid for, having been worth little more on four legs than on a butcher's hook. A couple of pals had helped out with one or two of the others, but otherwise they represented a vertiginous leap of faith: the house he had sold, and the very last coin of his credit with the sales companies.

British hermits: the growing lure of the solitary life

By the time Sue Woodcock came to retire from her career as a policewoman, she'd had enough of Hampshire, where she was based and longed for a more traditional and natural way of life – one where she could "live by [her] own rules". In her old life, back in what she calls "that England", she had become disillusioned by politics, by society as a whole. So she moved north to become a crofter in the Yorkshire Dales.

Mugabe's secret war - in Britain

Agents of Robert Mugabe's regime are harassing and intimidating Zimbabwean dissidents in Britain in an attempt to silence his political rivals and disrupt vital fundraising for Morgan Tsvangirai's opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Gosden's firm plan plots Raven's Pass revenge

Yesterday was a day for hails and farewells in racing's kaleidoscope of change. Focus first on Newmarket; under a high blue Suffolk spring sky, Raven's Pass, one of the emerging stars of the new Classic generation, points his toe in an easy, nonchalant spin up Warren Hill. One shake, and the pattern becomes Cumbria; in a greyer, chillier setting, Tony Dobbin, one of the established stars of his weighing room generation, ends a fine career with a winner. And from Co Carlow comes news that Hedgehunter, an undoubted star of Aintree, has bowed out on his fourth Grand National completion.

Grieving TV presenter 'missing'

Police today said they were trying to find TV presenter Mark Speight, who has gone missing.

Denman deserves accolade of a true champion

By arriving with so many precarious, contradictory hopes, racing cannot hope to leave any Cheltenham Festival in unqualified self-congratulation. This time, however, grounds for satisfaction were such that only its most constant vice – a weakness of perspective – averts downright smugness.

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Moazzam Begg, ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee

'All we had to read was Danielle Steel'

Wanted: Relatives to share in traffic island tramp's fortune

The hunt is on for relatives of a bearded hermit who lived on a traffic island for three decades, after it emerged that he left thousands of pounds in untouched pension savings.

Leading Article: Diploma danger

The new diplomas being pioneered in cities such as Wolverhampton are an attempt to motivate the 14 to 19 age group, many of whom are turned off by the academic approach of A-levels.

Diploma revolution: Will the controversial new qualifications succeed?

Teenagers' schooling is being radically revamped with a range of new diplomas. But are teachers and pupils well enough informed about the change? Hilary Wilce takes a look at how one city is introducing reform

Sizing Europe in superpower display as old order cast aside

The emergence of every new jumping star is laced with a sort of delicious dread. In the previous race, after all, three horses fell in turn when leading over the final fence. And for those whose year revolves around Cheltenham in March, the performance of Sizing Europe here yesterday left them in a state of anticipation that was almost too perfect.

Wolverhampton's VC is working to give the university the kind of reputation others will envy

When Caroline Gipps took over the helm at Wolverhampton University two years ago, she decided quickly to do something about the institution's image. Wolverhampton has some fantastic new buildings and a reputation for taking disadvantaged students and thereby widening access, but it is not known for much else. Professor Gipps believed it should be.

Racing: Golam and Turner, apprentice sorcerers

Jamie Spencer seals the jockeys' championship but two young riders show immense promise

Fun in the fields, hi-tech in the classroom

Boarders at an idyllic state school in Shropshire work hard and play hard, reports Amy McLellan

Come on then, what's it worth!

It didn't go off with a bang, but deals on wheels were still done at Bonhams' valuation day, says Giles Chapman
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Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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