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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 10:31 pm
Radamel Falcao could stay at Manchester United, Arsenal eye French-based pair, Chelsea look to revamp squad, plus more.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 11:43 pm

Posted by Nicholas Watt Political correspondent

Former prime minister also questions Britain’s educational standards and record on tackling inequality, as well as George Osborne’s plans to raise retirement age

The failure of the Conservative party to reach out to black and minority ethnic voters is “not remotely goodish”, the former prime minister Sir John Major has said in a powerful critique of his party.

Major, who recently returned to the election trail to endorse David Cameron’s tactic of talking up the SNP, also questioned Britain’s record on tackling inequality and the standards of education in the country.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 11:35 pm

Posted by Press Association

Court orders Franz Bekker to pay £4,000 to Linda Soulsby after he collided with her while sliding down escalator at Holborn station

An RAF flight sergeant who broke a tube passenger’s back after he tried to jump on to an escalator handrail has been ordered to pay £4,000 to his victim.

Frans Bekker, 51, lost control and fell down the escalator at Holborn station in central London after being “goaded” by his table-tennis team-mates, Westminster magistrates court heard. He collided with a number of people, including Linda Soulsby, who suffered a fractured vertebra, the hearing was told.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 08:57 pm

Posted by David Hytner at Juventus Stadium

When Juventus needed a striker with ice in his veins, Carlos Tevez answered the call. This pulsating Champions League semi-final was balanced precariously when the Juventus striker tore into the Real Madrid penalty area and was tripped by Dani Carvajal. The English referee, Martin Atkinson, was correct with his penalty award.

Tevez’s heart must have pounded and plenty of thoughts might have crowded into his head. This was pressure of the most extreme kind. But he found focus and he never looked like missing. He did not, his clever run disguising his intentions and the finish flying beyond Iker Casillas. This arena erupted. Juventus have something serious to take to Madrid for the second leg.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 11:01 pm

Posted by Tim Jonze

British bands such as the Fab Four and the Rolling Stones only followed existing musical trends, researchers using data analysis say

They are credited with reviving rock’n’roll, setting the template for modern pop songwriting, and inviting a generation to turn on, tune in and drop out by embracing psychedelia. But a study questions quite how influential the Beatles were – claiming they were merely following musical trends already set in motion.

Research by a group of London academics focuses on musical patterns in the US pop charts from 1960 to 2010, using data analysis to pinpoint the year in which trends appeared in the charts and measure their duration.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 11:01 pm

Posted by Katie Allen

But NIESR thinktank says recovery is stable despite weak productivity and troubled eurozone

Britain’s economy will grow at a slower pace this year and faces serious risks from weak productivity and a troubled eurozone, a leading thinktank has warned.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has cut its forecast for growth this year to 2.5%, down from 2.9% pencilled in three months ago and below the 2.8% rate last year. The move follows much weaker than expected official GDP figures for the first quarter, which saw Britain’s growth rate halve to 0.3%.

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