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On Question Time week Andy Burnham made the latest in a series of digs about what he perceives to be the irrelevance of Latin. Speaking of Michael Gove's English baccalaureate, he expressed dismay that Gove had "found room for Latin and ancient Hebrew, but not for engineering or ICT. "How," he asked, "can that be the answer to the challenges we face in the modern world?"

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New online options to offer up to eight player battles across a variety of multiplayer modes.

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Across five games and through much of ancient Greece he’s wreaked havoc, but where should Kratos be heading now?

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