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Stress might be useful for dodging sabre-toothed tigers, but it doesn't help so much with exams

Teenage girl made 750 hoax emergency calls

A teenager who made more than 750 hoax 999 calls in just two days over Christmas has been warned she faces jail.

Stoned baking: while on pot David Sedaris ate non-stop

The Week In Radio: Stir childhood memories and allow to simmer

Food is wasted on the radio. If cooking on television is the equivalent of being invited to dine at the chef's table, only to watch with distress as the dishes are taken elsewhere, doing it on the radio is like being denied entry to the restaurant altogether and, deranged with hunger, listening to the sound of chewing through the door. This is why every time they bring out the mixing bowl on Woman's Hour, a little part of me dies. Do I want to hear Jane Garvey swooning over Yotam Ottolenghi's baba ganoush? Unless said chef is prepared to courier a sample to my house, I do not. Would I like Mary Berry's top tips on making the perfect roulade? I'd rather deep-fry my own eyeballs.

Crime doesn't pay: Allen Stanford arrives in court in Houston

Allen Stanford fit for trial, says judge

Texas financier Allen Stanford is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge said today.

Peter Popham: The Arab Spring has had no effect on a country immune to outside influences

North Koreans are inculcated from infancy with the belief that the world is against them

British fisheries avoid quota cuts

Fishing fleets face fewer days at sea but bigger catch quotas after marathon talks which ended at dawn in Brussels.

Fans reject homophobia, says the report

Gay footballers should feel free to come out, say fans

Supporters blame clubs and agents for forcing players to keep quiet about their sexuality

Laid back: Fox is resolute that he's not a star

Role play: Laurence Fox on being Mr Billie Piper

He comes from acting royalty, was expelled from Harrow and loves an impromptu tattoo. Gerard Gilbert meets Laurence Fox, aka Mr Billie Piper

E Jane Dickson: The rotten heart of our exam system

All my adult life, I have had a recurrent nightmare. I'm in an exam room. I turn over the paper and find I am required to answer questions on a topic – Old High Church Slavonic/ quark theory/ the courtly tradition of mice – for which I am totally unprepared. " You don't understand," I splutter to an implacable invigilator (who sometimes rides a rocking horse), "I'm not prepared!"

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

Premature babies are much more likely to develop behavioural problems, says study

The worldwide explosion in premature births is fuelling a rise in emotional and behavioural problems, researchers say.

Treating children for anxiety 'would cut risk of mental illness'

Children should be screened for anxiety disorders to prevent them developing severe mental problems in later life. Treating anxiety early would be the single most effective way of reducing the burden of mental disorders – one of the most common causes of disability in the developed world, according to Professor Hans Ulrich Witten, lead author of study of the state of Europe's mental health.

My Edinburgh: Sara Pascoe, Comedian

I really like it up here. If Britain was a house, then Scotland is this beautiful airy loft with hills in it. And catching the train is like climbing the stairs. Climbing the stairs from London for four-and-half hours, after which your legs would be well achey, but the view is worth it.

Album: Azari & III, Azari & III (Loose Lips)

Set to induce Proustian rushes of amyl nitrate is the debut of this Toronto quartet and its loving homage to early house music. All diva froideur and drum machine snap, it nevertheless transcends pastiche via a pervasive air of murky ambiguity: throughout, euphoria is freighted with anxiety, while straight-arrowed floor-fillers give way to burrowing, curlicuing phantasms. "Tunnel Vision", in particular, is a hypnotic exercise in clubland claustrophobia.

Oliver Duggan: Michele Bachmann and The Homophobia Vote

Candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, stepped out from political obscurity this week when a gay activist working for a homosexual advocacy group attempted to shine a spotlight on her checkered and largely unknown past.

Anxiety pills being misused

A drug for epilepsy and anxiety is increasingly being misused as a substitute for illegal drugs.

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