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For ambitious would-be authors, the life of Colin Wilson presents itself as a cautionary tale. Here, Terence Blacker explains where the self-proclaimed genius went wrong

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My parents were... supportive, creative and inspiring. My mother was an optical receptionist and my father had his own television sales company.

Peter Stanford: How to change your life in five minutes a day. Go outside

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David Flatman: Chamber of horrors is all I find after nipping to spa

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London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945, By Barry Miles

It's said that if you remember the Sixties, you weren't actually there – a saying variously attributed to Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, both of Jefferson Airplane, and Dr Timothy Leary, so-called "Galileo of consciousness". Barry Miles was there throughout: present at the recording of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life", the climactic track of Sgt Pepper, and at the live recording of "All You Need is Love", which marked the first global television link.

Steve Richards: Michael Foot – a combination of idealism and pragmatism

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William Tillyer Season: Part One -The Prints, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Does the print-maker who gropes around down in the basement deserve to be the poor, neglected cousin of that esteemed society painter up in the light-filled, ground-floor studio space? In short, are prints always journeys on the road to somewhere more important? Not at all. Think of the great prints made by Goya and Rembrandt, for example. The best of these were in no way inferior to their paintings.

Look out! Abandoned terrapins about

Discarded pet turtles are turning up in urban ponds across the country – with devastating consequences for indigenous wildlife

Brian Viner: Sledging by the pig farm beats going to school

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Like most of us, Charlotte Philby believed there wasn't anything wrong with the odd moan about life's little irritations. But would a challenge to quit complaining for 48 hours put a smile on her face?

Last resort: When schools are forced into makeshift classrooms

A spike in population has led to a shortage of pupil places – and classroom space. One council has even resorted to holding lessons in a hired hall.

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Book Of A Lifetime: Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual, By Arthur Groom

It would have been given to me by my parents, the Christmas after my 12th birthday, 1950, cementing an interest in "cowboys and indians" that, for as long as I could remember, had been played out with friends – or, if necessary, by myself – in the streets and gardens of north London or on the open plains of Parliament Hill Fields and Hampstead Heath. Just short of 200 pages long and promising, as it said on the cover, "Illustrated Adventures, Action Pictures, Tales, Games, Woodcraft and 16 Colour Pages", it became my bible, my companion, the lodestone around which so many facts and fantasies of the American West would

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