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The Countdown and Strictly star married her husband last August

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Carol Vorderman and Sally Lindsay are joining the panel of 'Loose Women'.

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After dipping a tentative toe yesterday into the "Arse-Gate" furore that erupted following game old girl Carol Vorderman's surprise triumph at the Rear of the Year awards this week, I had hoped that the matter would now be closed.

Terence Blacker: My charter for a news blackout

It was the sight of a middle-aged woman adopting the now-traditional peek-a-boo pose, having just been awarded the annual Rear of the Year Awards, that caused a wave of despair at the futility of contemporary life to wash over me.

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Andreas Schleicher is one of the academics that the Education Secretary Michael Gove most admires. I wonder, therefore, whether he will take heed of some criticism of the Coalition Government's plans to raise the bar for recruitment into the teaching profession.

Carol Vorderman: When x + y = z, the goddess Algebra smiles, and I worship her

The Cambridge graduate explains her passion for the discipline that unlocks the secrets of our world

Books of the Year: Celebrity memoirs

A Chelsea girl (and more) offer intimate memories

Keith Richards proves that there's life in the celebrity memoir yet

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

'Obeisant' spells Scrabble triumph for transsexual

Casual players of Scrabble, take heart. Even in yesterday’s final of the national championships, the two opponents were unafraid to adorn the board with words more usually suited to the playground.

Ready To Wear: Various cultures view the female form entirely differently

Is fashion meant to be flattering?

Fashion clash: The celebrity nightmare that can't be avoided

It's the fashion clash every girl wants to avoid: turning up in the same dress as someone else. But it's apparently harder to prevent than you might think. How else to explain the Miu Miu dress that turned up on no fewer than three different glossy magazine covers last week?

A Quick Chat With: Carol Vorderman

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

Simon Rice: Win, lose or draw? Where's Carol Vorderman when you need her?

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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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