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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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