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After dismal sales last year, autobiographies by household names are once again flying off the shelves.

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"I was really surprised my dress didn't fall down at the Baftas"

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Leading Article: Degrees of teaching

This week's inquiry into teacher training by the Skills Commission is right to rejectthe idea that only degree holders make good teachers. Pointing out that schools and colleges are becoming so entwined with the introduction of diplomas and the raising of the education leaving age to 18, it says that we need to attract more teachers with work experience and expertise into the classroom. But we won't be able to do that, it says, unless we recognise that people with good communication skills can make just as effective classroom practitioners as those with top degrees.

Premier League footballer wins Countdown

Burnley footballer Clarke Carlisle made a victorious debut as he became the first Premier League player to appear on TV's Countdown - but said nothing could be a substitute for the thrill of his day job.

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