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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.

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Festival themes: show me the way to the cosmodome

From fantasy to philosophy, there’s much more to today’s festivals than bands, beer and burgers, as Nick Hasted discovers

Carroll's emphatic finish masks a hesitant display

Andy Carroll is learning to live with the pressure of expectation, following his £35m transfer from Newcastle United to Liverpool in January. His well-taken goal in the 43rd minute was his first since December, and completed what will be seen as a promising second cap for the young Geordie.

Flights of fancy dress: Polly Borland's portraits marry the infantile and the fetishistic

Polly Borland has photographed Nick Cave in disguise and the Queen against a sparkly curtain. She's never cared for traditional portraiture, she tells Rob Sharp

Zigic goals helping to repay McLeish's faith

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David Prosser: Where are all the jobs going to come from?

Outlook Yesterday's unemployment figures are not much of a Christmas present. We have been expecting the labour market to take a turn for the worse, but most economists believed that the jobless figures would not start ticking up again until the new year. Worse, beneath the headline data there are some really worrying trends developing.

Charles Nevin: My survival secrets for the modern world

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Don Giovanni, Coliseum, London<br/>Spira Mirabilis, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

In his opera debut, director Rufus Norris offers a lothario implausibly making up for lost love with serial affairs

Rubik's Cube: Six sides, 54 squares. Just seconds to solve

It is 30 this year, a decade older than most challengers for the speedcubing crown. Emily Dugan watches the UK's fastest fingers

US man charged for wearing Halloween mask

A man faces charges of wearing a mask or hood in public after police arrested him on Halloween night and charged him under a rarely used old law designed to combat the Ku Klux Klan.

Cultural Life: La Roux, musician

Music: I saw Fever Ray at the Forum recently. She's Swedish and is from one of my favourite bands, The Knife. She's cripplingly shy and very rarely performs live. In order to overcome her shyness she performs in the dark using nothing but lasers and low-level lampshades on stage. I absolutely love her music. Other than that, I'm listening to a lot of old disco records, tracks like Punkin' Machine's "I Need You Tonight" and "Harmony" by Suzy Q. 'Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang Anniversary' is also a current favourite.

Tory MP cites sexuality in split from wife

A Government minister announced today he had separated from his wife and was "coming to terms with his homosexuality".

Money Insider: Nationwide's price rise masks a customer focus

Debit cards issued with Nationwide Building Society's FlexAccount have been a hugely popular, low-cost option for overseas travellers for many years. However, changes are afoot.

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