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Middle-class problems: Meetings

There was a time when there used to be a sense of ceremony about them. In the days of the BMP era (before mobile phones), there were designated rooms and even, if you were particularly lucky,  a small saucer of Digestives and Jammie Dodgers to differentiate them from the run-of-the-mill things we did in our working day. Back then, meetings were, in the main, things you held when you had to – to plan a change of tactic or brainstorm new ideas.

The green resting place for James IV of Scotland is the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club. His body was brought south after his death at Flodden Field on 9 September 1513

A wee bit of Scotland in the heart of Surrey: Flodden 1513 Club to mark James IV's final resting place

A plaque at the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club will mark the burial spot of the last king to be killed in a British battle, 500 years ago

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Bestival 2013: Thousands don fancy dress and head to Isle of Wight-based festival

Thousands of revellers will be boarding ferries today to join one of the last big parties of the summer at Bestival.

Richard III had stomach worms, research reveals

Richard III suffered from a roundworm infection, according to research carried out on his skeleton.

St. Paul's religious text re-discovered in Law Society's library

Imagine the late fine! Back at last, the holy book that someone 'borrowed' from St Paul's Cathedral library in the 1800s

The Missal of Sarum, that went missing from St Paul’s Cathedral, has now been found

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Croydon: the debt-worry capital of the UK

London suburb tops list of places where people are seeking financial help

Pick-up in pocket money rates may be key sign of recovery

Children and teenagers are receiving the most pocket money on average since 2007, in a further sign that families are starting to feel better about the economy.

End of the piers? Seaside structures plagued by high costs and neglect

Seaside piers across Britain are under threat from rising maintenance costs and rocketing insurance bills, according to new research.

Britain is 'losing the plot' because its increasingly secular society has led to a breakdown of trust affecting marriage, child poverty and the economy, the outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks has said

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Lack of faith means Britain is ‘losing the plot’

Jewish religious leader blames increasing secularisation for breakdown of institutions

The festival saw a performance from The Ghetto Youths International Crew, a band formed by the sons of reggae legend Bob Marley

The new Mersey Beat: Thousand flock to Liverpool's Sefton Park for four-day music festival

With tower blocks peeping above the tree line, Liverpool's Sefton Park is just a stroll from Penny Lane and a city steeped in a history of poverty and division.

Welcome to Margate: Cultural commentator Iain Aitch reflects on his hometown's 'regeneration'

If you’re planning on coming down on a Bank Holiday beano this weekend, you might be surprised by what awaits you in my hometown, says Aitch

'Abandoned to poverty': Skegness named most deprived seaside town

The birthplace of Butlins, which once attracted Britons from around the country to enjoy its “bracing” weather, is now the most deprived seaside resort in the country. Skegness has topped a list of the nation’s most impoverished coastal towns, in a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The top ten: Laws of life

One opinion poll the other day suggested Labour and Conservatives were level on 36 per cent, when other polls gave Labour a lead of eight percentage points. I sought to remind colleagues of Twyman's Law, named after Tony Twyman, a media-research analyst: "If a statistic looks interesting or unusual it is probably wrong." Here are 10 other rules for our bewildering world.

Henrik Dahle Henrik Dahle hopes to publish a book, aptly named Uptrees, on his unusual endeavour

Everyday projects: The rise of 12-month missions

Setting yourself a new challenge? Why not do it for a year and get a blog – or even a book deal – out of it?

ET named nation's favourite childhood film

Poll returns results on the UK's movie preferences and habits, from top genres to best lines

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