E Jane Dickson

E Jane Dickson is a journalist in London

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E Jane Dickson: Google, don't put me in a pigeonhole

Employers are now choosing job candidates on the basis of their online profile

E Jane Dickson: Something rotten in the heart of our exam system

There may once have been an ideological point to spoon-feeding. If so, it has been a massive own goal

E Jane Dickson: Some 'gay rights' just can't be infringed

Notebook: Who's to say Pedro and Buddy are not happy to bat for the other side?

Staying Afloat: `The movie turns out to be an all-singin', all- dancin' celebration of sexism and racism'

WE ARE wedged, Simpsons-style, on the sofa, for the inaugural run of our new DVD player. The replacement of our knackered video with this shiny new piece of kit is welcomed by the children as a hopeful sign that we, as a household, are entering the age of new technology ("I expect we'll be getting a PlayStation soon," says Con, encouragingly.)

Toryism and the spirit of Alfred Doolittle

At least the Victorian poor had the workhouse. What safety net will IDS offer those nobody feels much like helping?

The Books Interview Mo Hayder: Death beneath the Dome

Mo Hayder hit the jackpot with her blood-stained debut - but behind it lie some very private fears.

Money can buy me love. And Pokemons and Action Men, too

Our children are accused of being hopelessly materialistic and, as Christmas approaches, they are under assault from toy and game advertisers. But does a little of what they fancy really turn them into monsters?

Essay: Oh, do grow up

The generation gap has closed, and it now seems that, from Bill Clinton to Baby Spice, big kids rule. E Jane Dickson longs for a return to the days when grown-ups were grown-ups, and `middle youth' was middle age

Essay: Oh, do grow up

The generation gap has closed, and it now seems that, from Bill Clinton to Baby Spice, big kids rule. E Jane Dickson longs for a return to the days when grown-ups were grown-ups, and `middle youth' was middle age

Books: Fools for love of a suburban Lear

What happens when madness shatters a marriage? E Jane Dickson salutes a novel that looks into the abyss; Beloved Stranger by Clare Boylan Little, Brown, pounds 15.99, 320pp
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