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‘We will, we will, block you’

It was billed as the day they would bring the eight most powerful nations to their knees by sitting in the road, but by 9am the idealists, anticapitalists and anarchists had already been forced to take a hike. James Foley (22), a student from Glasgow, Scotland, had risen at 7.15am at the tent city in Rostock to join thousands of anti-G8 demonstrators marching on the luxurious Baltic spa resort of Heiligendamm, where world leaders were gathering.

The bald truth

The hairdressers at Esther's Haircutting Studio in Tarzana, California, were locking their doors for the night last Friday when a cavalcade of cars drew up outside. Britney Spears jumped out of one of the vehicles and, accompanied by her bodyguards, marched into the salon. When owner Esther Tognozzi refused to shave off the pop star's hair, Spears took hold of the clippers and removed her locks herself.

‘Nedophilia’ row over Booker win

Popular fascination with Ned Kelly, Australia's iconic horse thief and bank robber, has soared since Peter Carey's <i>True History of the Kelly Gang</i> won the Booker Prize last week. But not everyone is happy about the growth of Kellymania, writes Patrick Barkham.

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