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Waterproofing your wardrobe with practical, yet luxurious, purchases is a wise investment, says Emma Akbareian

Schools ordered to cut total of pupils selected by ability

MORE SCHOOLS were ordered yesterday to cut the number of pupils they select by ability.

Third of grammars under threat

PARENTS OF school-aged children will launch campaigns today which threaten the future of grammar schools throughout England.

Football: Cheltenham Town 0 Rochdale 2 - Education for Robins

CHELTENHAM TOWN have come a long way in a very short time under Steve Cotterill.

Wife-killing mandarin is detained

A SENIOR Treasury official who killed his wife in a hammer attack and then threw himself under the wheels of a van in a suicide attempt was yesterday committed to a mental hospital.

Football: The minnows to march on Downing Street

Exclusive: As game bends over backward for Man U, the little men are united. By Mark Rowe

TRAVEL: WALKING IN THE PYRENEES

GETTING THERE

The fallacy of parental choice

I did no research into schools for my son when I moved; I just found the nearest state primary

We will survive this outrage

What kind of poofs would we be if we ran away from Soho at the first sign of trouble?

Comedy: Cheesy does it, Bob

BOB DOWNE MILLFIELD THEATRE EDMONTON, LONDON

Football: Fan's Eye View - Hendon: Old loyalties down Cricklewood way

YOU DON'T have to support a team to follow their fortunes. Despite supporting Luton - actually, it's probably because I support Luton - the arrival of the Sunday papers always finds me seeking out the results of a handful of other teams. Ajax, because my mother is Dutch; Alloa, because I love the name; but first and foremost, Hendon.

Television: Our friends off the North Circular

Friern Barnet Hospital in North London was once the largest mental asylum in Europe. One of its corridors stretched for more than a third of a mile. Now, Friern Barnet is being converted into 260 luxury flats. Rarely was there more justification for saying that the London property market has gone mad.

Is it worth it... Wigs

If you want flowing locks like Gwyneth this summer but don't want the hassle of hair extensions, a wig could be the answer. Despite being given a bad name by Elton John over the years (his latest weave-in faring no better), wigs have become an accepted part of fashion culture.

The knack: How to talk in rhyming slang, by Robert Strudwick

"If you want to be a `fridge' (fridge freezer=geezer), you'd better know your `pukka spiel' from your `dodgy rabbit', or you'll find yourself branded a `Sexton Blake' (fake). Knowing what slang has become obsolete is very important. No one uses `apples and pears', or `frog and toad' any more because they have been exhausted by Cockney stereotypes in the media. If you do use rhyming slang, use it properly. Never use the rhyming part of the phrase. With the phrase `Barnet fair' for hair, for example, you would say something like `I'm having my Barnet cut.' A basic rule is to use the whole phrase only when using more obscure or more recently created rhyming slang terms.

Letter: A stick for teachers

IF CHRIS WOODHEAD'S concern is to see standards rise ("Mr Standards slips", 7 February), why is it that the exam boards have been told by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that any improvement of exam results beyond a 2 per cent margin will result in a return to "norm referencing" whereby only a fixed percentage will be awarded A grades. Such statistical sharp practice will hide excellence and demotivate teachers. Could it be that, by such manoeuvring, the chief inspector means to ensure he will always have a stick with which to beat the profession?
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried