Eleanor Doughty is dismayed at the news that some universities and colleges are offering rewards like fee reductions or laptops to students with good grades
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Monday 06 September 2010
Monday 23 August 2010
You need to have your wits about you at a Laura Solon show. The 2005 Perrier Award winner crams so many jokes, witticisms and observations into her rapidly delivered narratives, it can be all too easy to miss gems. Her writing is tight; in places, it glitters: “She’s not an expert”, runs one delightful epigram. “She has a brain capacity estate agents would call ‘cosy’”.
Sunday 08 August 2010
Susan Hill's resolution to spend a whole year reading and re-reading nothing but the books in her house – no buying new paperbacks, no sneaky trips to the library – has resulted in this pleasantly opinionated memoir.
Saturday 17 July 2010
Thursday 01 July 2010
Is this a rubbish gag about some underperforming businessman?
Tuesday 22 June 2010
I laughed at the report of convicted murderer Brian Lawrence's escape attempt. Locked up in the Isle of Wight's Parkhurst prison, the 67-year-old had plotted to buy a helicopter to spring him from the high security jail by sending notes written in "invisible ink" – lemon juice – to accomplices outside. It was a trick straight out of a 1950s Boy's Own annual. A quick press with a hot iron and, hey presto!, the words emerge in pale brown script. Barry Greenberry, prison governor, paid tribute to the way his team had "diligently pieced together intelligence" to stop the escape. Presumably by reading Enid Blyton.
Sunday 09 May 2010
To celebrate 70 years of Puffin books the publisher has released a list of its 70 favourite children’s titles.
Friday 23 April 2010
Thursday 15 April 2010
Friday 26 March 2010
Political satire The Thick Of It scooped a hat-trick at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, it was announced today.
Sunday 14 March 2010
Monday 15 February 2010
Lacrosse, an anachronistic sport involving a stick with a small basket on the end, which will be familiar to childhood readers of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers books, has Inspired the first collaboration between GANT and Michael Bastian, unveiled today at New York Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week.
Friday 29 January 2010
Sunday 10 January 2010
On behalf of ActionAid in the UK and Pakistan, I would like to thank readers of The Independent on Sunday who donated to this year's Christmas Appeal to help those in need in Pakistan. Thanks to your generous donations ActionAid is able to continue its work with hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan who have been displaced by fighting between the army and the Taliban. Innocent citizens were caught up in this conflict: hundreds were killed and two million had to flee their homes.
Sunday 03 January 2010
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
- 1 Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
- 2 Two-year-old says goodbye to bin man best friend
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb