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Le Grand Meaulnes (translated as The Lost Estate in the most recent Penguin classic) was a set text for our A level French and like The Catcher in the Rye it should be read in adolescence.

England sevens players show their colours to promote 'Safari' fancy dress theme for fans

Rugby players have often been called animals….and now they really look the part.

Man About Town: From champagne in Paris to fashion at Aintree to... champagne in London

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the alien Ford Prefect describes hyperspace travel to earthling Arthur Dent as “unpleasantly like being drunk”. When Arthur asks what’s so bad about being drunk, Ford replies: “You ask a glass of water.”

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand talks to England captain Alastair Cook following the series draw

New Zealand v England: Alastair Cook couldn't watch final overs

England held on to draw the third Test and the series

The Blagger's Guide To: Barbara Pym

Read the book, then splash on a bit of the fragrance

Forget journalism - after my debut on the West End, I'm ready for Broadway

One line may not be much, but it's enough to make the nerves set in

Katherine (left) and Helen Burch's university hijinks are the stuff of legend

I'm a sibling, get me out of here: Studying at the same university as your sibling

University is traditionally a place where you can fly the nest and assert your independence, away from the confines of family life. So what happens when you end up at the same university as your nearest and/or dearest?

It is increasingly common to see thick smog hanging over Chinese cities

Beijing is left fighting for breath as pollution goes off the scale

Sixteen of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in China. Now, after years of denials, officials admit they have a problem with smog - rather than 'fog'

Kieran Richardson's goal took the game into extra-time

Oxfam has it right, it's time for aid organisations to see Africa differently

We need to move past the stereotypical images of poverty and helplessness

After withdrawing her application to Magdalen College Elly Nowell told the university not to try to ‘reapply'

The Oxbridge delusion: why the more we talk about these two great universities, the less we know

Our writer, who graduated from Oxford two years ago, says the degree of ignorance and nonsense around Oxbridge is now harming those we ought to help

Kim Jong-Un, 'Sexiest Man Alive'. China's Communist Party newspaper, 'People's Daily', treated a spoof award by satirical US website The Onion as genuine

China's party paper falls for Onion story hailing Kim Jong Un as sexiest man alive

'World's sexiest...' polls can often turn up a surprise outside contender, so one might forgive China's state-run newspaper for not questioning a spoof report that hailed the leader of their close ally North Korea as the "Sexiest Man Alive".

Definitely NOT seen in Tunbridge Wells: The original animatronic Harry head from the film 'Harry and the Hendersons' (Universal Studios 1987) - the tale of a family being adopted by a Yeti

Bigfoot on the loose? Residents report an eight-foot hairy apeman with demonic red eyes stalking Tunbridge Wells

The peaceful countryside that surrounds upmarket Tunbridge Wells is being stalked by an 8ft ape-like beast with 'demonic' red eyes, according to local residents.

ITV forced to stop airing The Only Way Is Essex before watershed after Ofcom condemns 'adult themes and sexual references'

ITV took the decision to pull lunchtime repeats of The Only Way is Essex after Ofcom ruled that an episode broke scheduling rules put in place to protect children from unsuitable material

The Times prints cut-out Jimmy Savile Halloween mask

Too soon? Yeah, almost definitely. That's never stopped bad taste Halloween costumes before, though.

How to put on a show in your garden for Halloween

It can be quite a glum time of year in the garden– but it’s easy enough to turn it glam with a little Halloween hocus-pocus, says Emma Townshend.

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before