Countryside 'to swell by half a million in ten years' as more people opt to leave the city for a rural idyll 
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The rural population is set to swell by 6 per cent by 2025 leading to a boom in the countryside economy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs predicted.

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Lessons in leadership: As those newly released papers reveal, even when wrong, Mrs T had conviction and courage says ROBIN HARRIS 
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Margaret Thatcher, pictured, was correct to introduce the Poll Tax which, according to Robin Harris, former director of the conservative party’s research department, ‘was an excellent idea in principle.’

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Parents who move house and hire tutors pay as much as those who send their children to private school, says top headmaster 
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Alun Jones, the new president of the Girls’ Schools Association has said that referring to independent schools as bastions of ‘elite and privilege’ is outdated these days.

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Happy Pugh Year: Our inimitable cartoonist's rib-tickling take on 2014 
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From Luis Suarez and Jeremy Paxman to the Downton dog and Aldi, Pugh has covered all of the year’s biggest stories in his hilarious cartoons. Here’s our pick of the best which kept us laughing in 2014.

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Rail fat cats paid millions as fares soar
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While passengers struggle with ever-rising fares, senior rail executives enjoyed generous salaries, bonuses and perks such as car allowances and private healthcare.

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Parents outraged after Hasbro made phallic kids' toy for Play Doh cake decorating set
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The toymaker has been attacked by moms and dads who bought the $20 Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset for their loved ones – and were shocked at the toy’s risqué connotations.

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Aldi's 'Swap & Save' adverts banned for second time after Tesco complained that its price comparisons were misleading 
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In TV and press adverts for the campaign shoppers spoke about swapping from their usual supermarket to Aldi, with one saying: ‘We’ve saved so much on our weekly shop.’

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Gunman in Edmonton, Canada, 'kills eight people, including two CHILDREN, then commits suicide'
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The man, thought to be Phu Lam, 53, was found dead after an alleged rampage in which he attacked victims in two parts of Edmonton, Canada, before fleeing and taking his own life.

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Sonar detects wreckage of flight 8501 upside down on bottom of the Java Sea as search pilot reveals victims were found holding hands amid parts of the doomed jet 
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Sonar images have revealed the wreckage of doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 upside down on the sea floor, as it’s revealed three passengers were holding hands when their bodies were found

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Woman marries her two cats – and she has the certificate to prove it
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Who wouldn’t want to marry a cat? (Picture: Jesse Ray) A woman is purring with joy after marrying her two cats. Barbarella Buchner, 48, tied the knot with her two feline companions after a seven year relationship with a (human) man ended. After finding comfort in brothers Lugosi and Spider, who she adopted from an […]

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Man accidentally sells girlfriend’s cat and is using Craigslist and Reddit to try to retrieve it
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Camo is missing – and is dying to get home and back into this dashing outfit (Picture: Roy Dufek/Reddit) A woman has been left ‘crushed’ after her boyfriend accidentally sold her pet cat. Roy Dufek took to Craigslist in a bid to rectify his blunder and find the feline which he thinks was unwittingly shipped off to […]

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Girl, 4, makes a ‘dolphin on wheels’, but it looks a lot like a penis
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The imagination of a child can transform nearly any shape into something completely different. However the filthy minds of adults usually turn things into penises. Erika Salazar-Cianciolo recently uploaded a video of her daughter Allie creating a ‘dolphin on wheels’ out of modelling clay that she was given for Christmas. Allie is only four years […]

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Dogs confiscated after circus owners paint them to look like pandas
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a happy chap, but definitely NOT a panda (Picture: Corpo Forestale dello Stato) If you attended a circus in Italy recently to see some pandas you might have been a little disappointed – probably because the ‘pandas’ were just painted dogs. Police seized several of the ‘pandas’ from a circus in Brescia, Italy, after locals paid to […]

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