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Teachers say children at Swanson Primary School were better behaved when typical playground rules were banished

Cut Off Your Hands, Barfly

Auckland quartet Cut Off Your Hands’ singer Nick Johnston has gained himself something of a reputation for onstage wildness, breaking his leg after falling offstage at a London gig – and carrying on anyway. But tonight, aside from whirling around the mic stand, Johnston leaves the antics to his audience as their energetic pop punk drives the crowd into a frenzy.

Moores hits England with 'reality check'

Who would want to be a coach? Peter Moores must have privately asked himself just that question on numerous occasions during the past five days sat in a stand helplessly watching his England cricket team implode in their opening two one-day internationals against New Zealand.

New Zealand tour: Hit and giggle is a serious business

As Twenty20's influence spreads over the globe, England must learn to master it in their bid for long-overdue trophy

Point-to-point: Exceptionnel can step up in class at Horseheath

All six meetings should go ahead this weekend, although there is a precautionary 8.00am inspection for today's Jedforest fixture in the Borders. Exceptionnel, a half-brother to Grand National second Mely Moss, did not fulfil his potential when tried under Rules, but appreciated the return to pointing with an imp-ressive win in the restricted at Larkhill last month. He looks capable of taking a step up in grade in the mens' open (1.40) at Horseheath today.

Edmund Hillary: a national hero is remembered in New Zealand and Nepal

The funeral of the man who conquered Everest was an occasion for mourning in the land of his birth and the country where he made history. Kathy Marks reports

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Lover, you shouldn't have come over

Dear Virginia, I had a brief fling with a man. At first I thought he was great, but I went off him. He was far more interested in me than I was in him. I told him how I felt, but he's pestering me with texts and calls and has even appeared at my door with flowers. I don't want to hurt him, and I know it was my fault, but I feel a bit threatened. What can I do? Yours sincerely, Corrie

Iraq: The face of the enemy

Robert Fisk penetrates the world of the Palestinian 'martyrs' flooding over the border to fuel the insurgency

Five Best: Romantic hotels in Piedmont

Hotel San Rocco

Set beside Lake Orta, the hotel has 85 rooms, most converted out of a monastery, the others once part of a Baroque villa. Antique furniture and traditional furnishings add elegance, although the hotel's main feature is its views across the lake. The restaurant specialises in risottos, fish from the lake, and local meats and cheeses. In the evening a pianist provides accompaniment in the bar. For daytime there is an outdoor swimming pool and a Body Harmony Centre for massages and beauty treatments.

Letters: Abortion and Down's syndrome

Abortion decisions and people with Down's syndrome

Dutch MP who attacked Islam 'packs her bags'

The Somali-born Dutch politician and critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, yesterday quit parliament and announced plans to leave the Netherlands after the government threatened to strip her of citizenship for lying on an asylum application 14 years ago.

How all rest and no play made Peel a frustrated man

A Welsh Lion plays for first time since early July today - the wait has been a pain. Hugh Godwin talks to him
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project