Damien Hirst with his work 'I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds 2006

Damien Hirst to publish autobiography

Controversial artist Damien Hirst is reported to have signed up Rolling Stone Keith Richards' ghost-writer to work on his autobiography.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Exeter'sChris Martin announce split

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who's from Exeter, have split after nearly 11 years of marriage, they have announced.

Exeter's Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have announced their separation. Credit: REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/Johannes Eisele

The online post was entitled "Conscious Uncoupling" but due to high volumes of traffic, the website was initially unavailable.

The statement reads: "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate."

"We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.

"We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.

"We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

"We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

The couple, who married in 2003, have two children together, daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.

Sand sculptures wow the crowds in Weymouth.

Some of the world's best sand sculptors are in Weymouth creating dazzling displays.

This year's theme is books and authors, so there are things like a Frankenstein's monster and scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

The displays use sand from the town's beach which the sculptors describe as the finest in the world. Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Snoop Dog to play Boardmasters

Snoop has sold over 30 million albums worldwide Credit: Marko Mrkonjic/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

Hip-Hop star Snoop Dog has been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year's Boardmasters which is taking place in Newquay and Watergate Bay this August.

The event is the UK's biggest surf and music festival.

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