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Rhodri Marsden: The net's impact on the Queen's English

There's a post over at Everything2 which addresses the slow erosion of the proper order of fullstops, commas and quotation marks in online discussion. Apparently, keen to avoid mistakes being reproduced when placing code in quotation marks, geeks have taken to always putting fullstops and commas outside the quotation marks regardless of context

Michael Williams: It's wrong to think all rail fans are geeks

Historians trying to get to the heart of the early 1960s should inspect photographs of any major station in the land. Here the platform ends were thronged by adolescent boys adorned with enamel badges of their favourite locos, munching sandwiches and feverishly underlining numbers from their ABC guides. Then, express engines were sexier than anything on earth.

John Rentoul: Can we use Twitter to break the Political-Nerd Ghetto?

Latest in my occasional series of headline questions to which the answer is No.

Paperbacks: Crow Country, by Mark Cocker

A "long cylinder" of roosting birds over his Norfolk home sends Cocker on a quest to discover the science, myth and lore behind the crow family's clouds and calls. Nature writing at its best (and Cocker is a leader of the British pack) illuminates the strangeness of familiar sights and sounds. Crow Country gazes deep into the everyday magic of roosting corvids, but mysteries persist: "The journey, in truth, has been everything".

Paperbacks: And Now On Radio 4, by Simon Elmes

If Radio 4 defines the nation – or a certain section of it – what defines Radio 4? This neat little guide is as good an explanation as any, by an author who is steeped in the BBC.

Exit the dragon master

One of the 20th century's most influential cultural figures passed away this week, scarcely noticed except by the millions whose lives he changed. Michael Bywater celebrates the achievement of Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons

Teenageer fighting for life after street shooting

A 15-year-old boy was fighting for his life in hospital today after he was shot several times.

Ask Alice

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Sports Letter: Unionitis cure

Sir: John Caird (Sports Letters, 10 November) begs for a release from the "grim strangehold" of rugby union, a game he says is "hamstrung with rules, petty judgements and cheating, with the honours going to the teams who can sucker the opposition into making mistakes and then employ their resident boot nerd to capitalise on the error."
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