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News Grammar campaigners in Cambridge have been adding apostrophes to street signs after Cambridge City Council stopped using them.

The Good Grammar leader warned that now apostrophes are gone, commas could be next

Let gifted students swap universities, says Lord Rees

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds should be able to swap universities after two years and transfer to a Russell Group institution if they show talent, according to one of the country's top scientists.

Chalk Talk: Drop the exam papers and put your hands up - this is a raid!

The job of chief exams regulator, it seems, is becoming more exciting by the minute.

Pointless asks its players to come up with obscure answers to broad general-knowledge question

Game shows: A completely pointless move into books

It's among the most popular shows on television, but if you work nine to five, chances are you've never seen it. Pointless asks its players to come up with obscure answers to broad general-knowledge questions; those with the fewest points proceed to the next round. Like the best game shows, it makes perfect sense as soon as you've watched five minutes of it.

Anthony Hilton: National politicians should let the locals do their own thing

The efforts by the City's financial institutions to fill the lending gap left by banks have at times seemed rather like the picture from a hundred westerns where the US Cavalry rides to the rescue. They look heroic, they sound keen and some of them look moderately respectable. But they are so slow that they arrive on the scene too late to save the wagon train.

Wedderburn: 'she was great fun, very clear, very straight'

Professor Dorothy Wedderburn: Eminent social scientist

A Communist at Cambridge, she left the Party but remained on the left of the labour movement

Naked photos of Prince William on the market

Another twist to the naked royals story; William Foxton, writing for The Telegraph, discusses how photos of Kate Middleton have boosted the fortunes of online porn sites - and reveals that pictures of Prince William naked are also apparently being offered to publishers.

Professor Phyllis Deane

Professor Phyllis Deane: Leading and influential figure in the field of economic history

Deane was attracted by research but not by teaching; she always disliked showing off

Prince Charles was greeted by supporters waving Cornish and Union Flags when he visited Cornwall’s Eden Project earlier this year

Give us your Duchy: demand for Charles' £728m Cornish estate

Should all 53,000-hectares be handed to local people? Charlie Cooper reports

Professor Stephen Hawking, who turned 70 this year, speaking during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics

How Hawking defied illness to play starring role at Paralympics opening ceremony

Scientist's appearance at opening ceremony took months of careful choreography

Mime artists sweep awards in Edinburgh

Comics give another meaning to the phrase speechless with laughter

Sweet Tooth, By Ian McEwan

A beautiful blonde MI6 agent falls for an author she's sent to recruit – one who suspiciously resembles a young Mr McEwan

After Saturday's 32.4C baking, showers take edge off temperatures

Showers and cloud kept yesterday from being the hottest day of the year. Temperatures had looked set to come close to Saturday's record-breaking high but a heavy mid-afternoon band of rain brought respite to large chunks of baking Britain.

Mark Dawe, the chief executive of the OCR exam board

Exam boards take on Gove over plan to kill off GCSEs

Two of the country's largest exam boards have outlined their plans for a radical shake-up of the system as thousands of teenagers await their A-level and GCSE results.

The story of Joe Cooke is more Dickens than Waugh

Young, Bright and on the Right, BBC2, Thursday
The Girl Who Became Three Boys, Channel 4, Tuesday

A Tory boy elicits sympathy and a girl's gender fraud makes Shakespeare more plausible

Young Tory: Joe Cooke, ex-president of the Oxford University Conservative Club

Harriet Walker on TV: Wonderland: Young, Bright and on the Right

Inside the tiresome world of student politics, delusions of grandeur run riot

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