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

Book review: Rustication, By Charles Palliser

A spider's web of intrigue and violence is woven in this fiction

Cambridge 'Rear of the Year' competition caught out over trademark infringement

The owner of "Rear of the Year" trademark hits out at "The Cambridge Tab"

Trumpington, Cambridge, where the encounter happened

Angry Cambridge pensioner hits out at passing cyclist with bag of dog poo

A pensioner was walking her dog in a leafy Cambridge suburb when she came up with a memorable and slightly disgusting way of dealing with the scourge of cyclists who had been winding her up for some time.

Watchdog orders sale of cinemas

The movie giant Cineworld is being forced to sell three cinemas by the Competition Commission after its £47.3m acquisition of the arthouse group Picturehouse.

Seven ducks and 13 swans have been found dead

Cambridgeshire Police investigate deaths of 20 swans and ducks

It is understood there were no visible signs of injury

The twitter page advertising the bondage classes

Planned bondage classes described as 'relationship support group meeting' cancelled after village hall mix-up

Trustees for a village hall have cancelled planned bondage classes, saying their premises were hired under false pretences.

Mayfair developers are hoping for a happy landing with Cambridgeshire airfield project

A pair of Mayfair high-fliers have plans for a disused Cold War airfield, says Laura Chesters

Restaurant review: Rainbow Café, 9a King's Parade, Cambridge

Cambridge's Rainbow Café is rather better on the palette than the palate, says Amol Rajan

Scientists have been trying to figure out the different ways in which the world could end

Stephen Hawking's on the team - but why no Bruce Willis? World’s biggest brains get together to work out how to save us all from the end of the world

Leading scholars establish centre for the study of 'existential risk' in order to prepare for potentially devastating events

BBC independence at risk from NAO regulation, warns James Purnell

The BBC’s journalistic independence could be threatened if the National Audit Office (NAO) is allowed to investigate the corporation at will, James Purnell, the former minister who became a high-profile BBC recruit, has warned.

Police hold 19 for museum thefts

Seventeen men and two women have been arrested in connection with raids on museums and auction houses in which artefacts worth millions of pounds were stolen.

12 of the hoard of rare Chinese artefacts has been stolen from Cambridge University

Countrywide police raids recover stolen museum loot worth millions

Multiple arrests in joint police operation involving 26 forces

What's it like being at Cambridge as an American student?

Deanie Vallone was catapulted from a small American college into studies at Cambridge. It was a culture shock alright - but a positive one

Excavated remains of the heads and necks of three late Iron Age individuals thrown into an enclosure ditch

Exclusive: Slaughtered bodies stripped of their flesh - a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age massacre at UK’s largest hill fort

Hundreds if not thousands stripped of their flesh and chopped up, say archaeologists

Richard III had stomach worms, research reveals

Richard III suffered from a roundworm infection, according to research carried out on his skeleton.

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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