News The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

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The Pre-U: a further level of distinction?

The Cambridge Pre-U: Increasing the divide?

Another alternative to A-levels, the Cambridge Pre-U, is emerging as a further distinction of difference

Luisa Zissmann elected not to use an apostrophe in her new business name

Apprentice star Luisa Zissman aggravates grammar lovers with absent apostrophe

The entrepreneur decided against using an apostrophe for her new business logo

Audio: Caught in the Net

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Autocorrect 4 eva? Technology won't kill off spelling and grammar

And teaching it shouldn't just be a Conservative project

The subjects of Sara Cox’s Girls on Film were open and articulate

Radio review: Radio 1 Stories, Girls on Film - The adult industry's OK, but not in front of the parents

Personally, I'd say that the biggest obstacle to my working in the adult entertainment industry would be telling my mum, "I'm, er, giving up journalism, to go into ...." No, I just couldn't do it.

Emphasis placed on teaching correct grammar and spelling may be unnecessary

Rise of text messaging ‘has made English lessons unnecessary,’ claims leading academic

The rise of mobile phone and digital technology means traditional school lessons in the English language are effectively pointless, a leading academic has claimed.

A man looks at his Apple iPad in front an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Aly Song

Apple sued for 'enabling porn addiction'

36-year-old Chris Sevier blames the company for his wife leaving him

Sir Michael Parkinson
Troll dolls

The Seven Deadly Trolling Sins: Are you guilty?

The first major study into online bullying, conducted by academics at Lancaster University has identified seven "trolling" behaviours that internet users should be wary of.

‘Big data’, ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘e-reader’ have all been added to the dictionary

'It seems to be catching on' - OED adds 'tweet' to the dictionary

June's quarterly update to the Oxford English Dictionary includes a raft of technology-inspired words

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Professional grammarians are desperate to be down with the kids'

Various blockheads have detected some sort of right-wing conspiracy behind the publication of Gwynne's Grammar, a short introduction to the art of good writing which I have helped to publish. In fact, my plan was to continue the radical tradition of William Cobbett and George Orwell. Both encouraged the British to study our own language in order to sharpen our minds and detect humbug. In his introduction to his own very funny guide to grammar, published in 1817, the fantastically bloody-minded radical Cobbett wrote that he wanted to "lay the solid foundation of literary knowledge amongst the labouring classes of the community; to give practical effect to the natural genius found in the soldier, the sailor, the apprentice and the ploughboy".

A row over the naming of Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh’s city centre, has flushed out two shadowy organisations dedicated to the airborne comma

Grammar: The plucky punctuators fighting against apostrophe catastrophes

Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.

David Williams (centre) as Queen Henrietta in All The King’s Men

'But I was a lady aged 11': David Walliams reveals root of Little Britain sketch from school days

The root of David Walliams’ ‘But I’m a Lady’ sketch has been revealed as the moment he stood on stage aged 11 dressed up as Queen and “made people laugh for the first time”.

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The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

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