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The aperitif is back, the aperitif is in. At Simon Rogan's joint in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, a guy in a bomber jacket breaks off a conversation with his date, "I'll have Just a Splash – that cocktail with Aperol and Prosecco," he says to the barman.

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Luyt in 1998 after resigning as head of South African rugby

Louis Luyt: Businessman and rugby union leader whose career was tarnished by controversy

Louis Luyt was best known as the boorishly fractious South African rugby boss who briefly won kudos for the Springboks' 1995 World Cup victory, but soon fell out with the rest of the rugby world, his own players and with Nelson Mandela. But his notoriety had been secured two decades earlier thanks to his role in the "Infogate" scandal.

We need to find new ways to teach English to immigrants so they don't miss out on the joy of 'The Only Way Is Essex', says Eric Pickles

New ways to teach English to immigrants must be found so they do not miss out on the “enormous joy” of TV show The Only Way Is Essex, Eric Pickles has said.

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Should Scrabble's 75-year-old scoring system be changed? Researcher says modern words render the board game's tile values out of date

Joshua Lewis argues that many letters are now far more common than they used to be

Lagging we may be, but India still regards us in awe

There are still huge numbers of middle-class Indians who aspire to places at our great universities, love the idea of red double-decker buses and adore Shakespeare

The case for an independent Falklands

In 30 years' time, a Spanish-speaking president may be in the White House
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Downloadable tweets archive lets you re-live past glory in tweets

Language and poverty is no barrier to achieving excellence

Named after a crusader against slavery in 19th century North Carolina who used his rudimentary education to emancipate and teach his own children, the Thomas Jones primary school isn't short of historical inspiration for its pupils.

Ed Miliband: Labour would expect migrants to learn English

Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society

Ed Miliband admits last Government made serious mistakes over immigration

Woman left with burns after being Tasered by police for refusing to leave Apple store and buying 'too many' iPhones

A woman has been left with severe burns to her arms after allegedly being Tasered by police for refusing to leave an Apple store and purchasing too many iPhones.

Boris Godunov, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company is the natural home for Pushkin's great drama with its echoes of Macbeth and the history plays and its prudent policy of commenting on the political turmoil of its own era, the 1820s, through a depiction of the unrest in an earlier period - Moscow at the cusp of the seventeenth century.

Ruan Pienaar will be at the heart of all that South Africa do today

Brian Smith: Boks are so brutal I’ve known players pleading to come off...

Coaches view: Playing the Boks you find yourself up against big blokes who don’t like you

Teaching English abroad is an increasingly popular choice for struggling graduates

Despite the UK economy recently coming out of a double-dip recession, the graduate job market is still lagging behind its heyday of the mid-noughties. With 52 applications on average for every graduate vacancy, teaching English abroad is fast becoming a serious option for many university leavers. In fact, a recent poll by Populus for the British Council found that over half of under-25s believed they would have a better job if they lived or studied abroad.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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