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Fabian Society set to ditch its Clause IV after 115 years

THE FABIAN Society, Britain's oldest socialist think-tank, is set for the most acrimonious annual conference in its history, over plans to axe the society's equivalent to the Labour Party's now defunct Clause IV.

Pupils born in summer lag behind

SEPTEMBER'S CHILD outperforms August's child throughout primary school, according to the result of a study of more than 7,200 pupils published today. And summer-born children in this country may be at a greater disadvantage than those in other countries because of our early school-starting age, researchers from the National Foundation for Educational Research say.

Open Eye: Changing the language of law

The irritating legal practice of speaking in Latin code is on its way out, reports Gary Slapper, Director of the OU Law Programme

The Guillotine: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last No 24: Bernard Shaw

Nearly two decades ago, I was accosted by a middle-aged American in the foyer of the National Theatre. Was there one particular play I could recommend? After a moment or two of reflection, I pointed to a poster advertising the theatre's current production of Misalliance. "It's good," I said. "I'm certain you'll enjoy it." He peered closely at the poster and actually started reading it aloud: "Misalliance. A comedy by Bernard Shaw." Then he turned to me thoughtfully. "Bernard Shaw, eh? Would he by any chance be related to George Bernard Shaw?"

Books: Those who become lions in their own lifetimes

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief

Brian Viner's Icons of the 20th Century: No 2: Charlie Chaplin, Comic

THERE ARE those who say that Buster Keaton is the greatest screen comedian of all time. Others plump for WC Fields, some for Jacques Tati. A friend of mine rates Robin Askwith very highly. But nobody was ever more famous for making people laugh than Charlie Chaplin. And never was a comedian more versatile. WC Fields, not a man given to ladling praise, called him "the greatest ballet dancer who ever lived". Sarah Bernhardt described him as "the pantomimist sublime". For George Bernard Shaw, he was "the one genius created by the cinema". Keaton himself rated Chaplin "the greatest comedian in the world".

My ideal version is showing at the Kington Coronet

We must all have books we like so much that we don't want other people to make films of them

Football: The end is nigh for Hoddle

Football: England coach runs out of support at the FA and faces the sack despite a shortage of likely successors

No daughter of mine is going to be a teacher

If you're a teacher with children of your own, would you encourage them to follow your own career path?

Millennial Notes: Einstein did not `imagine the future'

ENGLAND, EAGER to re-establish a progressive identity, has commissioned the design of a stunning, vast, and vastly expensive dome from the venerable British architect Lord Rogers of Riverside to launch the new millennium. After all, the country is home to Greenwich, the global fulcrum of measured time itself and therefore a perfectly reasonable venue to mark this event in such grand fashion. The only problem is, no one can figure out exactly what to put inside it.

All William needs are some shorts - and a beard

THE AGREEABLE WORLD OF WALLACE ARNOLD

Football: Cole salves ego with unforgivable outburst

IN 1924 George Bernard Shaw covered an exhibition baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants in London for a newspaper. Anticipating anthropologists and psychologists who would direct their attention to games, Shaw wrote this mocking introduction:

Education - Letter: Teaching tactics

All things considered, this seems to be the right time to update that statement by George Bernard Shaw, to read:

George Bernard Shaw and the best-ever prostitute joke

Very Unusual Jobs Indeed

Passed/Failed Sue MacGregor

Sue MacGregor OBE, 57, is the BBC Radio Today presenter who complained last week that the new White City radio premises are like a goldfish bowl. She has worked for the BBC since 1967, as a reporter for World at One and then as a presenter for Woman's Hour, all on Radio 4. She has Honorary Doctorates from Nottingham and Dundee Universities and is Visiting Professor of Journalism at Nottingham Trent
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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game