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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

From Somerset to Xanadu

He only lived in Nether Stowey for three years, but Samuel Taylor Coleridge found inspiration for two of his greatest poems in and around this village at the foot of the Quantock Hills.

Dilemmas: My sons watch violent films with their friends

Penny doesn't let her boys, 8 and 9, watch TV after 9pm. But when the boys stay with friends, they often watch late, and recently saw a violent video. Should she ring the parents and explain her views?

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Books: Why it's a good idea to keep your trunks on

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Sanctuary Group goes classical with pounds 1.27m ASV music deal

SANCTUARY GROUP, the media business which manages heavy rock group Iron Maiden, yesterday bought a classical music record company, ASV, for pounds 1.27m in cash and shares.

Famous Five show way to escape old dilemmas

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Design: Ovaltine queen in a post-ceramic world

Revered by collectors, the bright and cosy work of Clarice Cliff is seen by many in the design world as the pottery equivalent of Enid Blyton. By Alan Powers

Debate: Fairy tales, are they still relevant?

Enid Blyton's daughter is

Writs fly in Toyland over pounds 70m bid

WAR HAS broken out in Toyland and the future of Noddy and Big Ears is at stake. The two well-known children's characters, together with the Famous Five and Hercule Poirot, are at the heart of a furious legal battle over a failed pounds 70m takeover bid by the man who gave Noddy an American accent.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century; 25 - Joyce Grenfell, Actor

THE PICTURE of Joyce Grenfell on the jacket of a recently published volume of her letters shows her writing in her study, looking relaxed, soft, feminine and really quite beautiful. It comes as something of a shock.

A child's pleasure in making flesh creep

Literary Notes: Cedric Cullingford

Noddy goes to Hollywood

In just eight weeks he's topped the American television ratings, even beating Sesame Street. How did such a frightfully British export became the coolest dude in Toytown, USA?

Internet ousting the family album

AN ENGLISHMAN'S home may be his castle - but his website on the Internet is proving to be his window, with the curtains undrawn and the lights left on.

Noddy in American TV debut

NODDY, loved by generations of British children, makes his American debut this weekend in a pounds 4 million bid for international stardom.
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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