Hamish McRae: Primary school maths whiz kids are set up for life

An important, if troubling, bit of research has just been published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, backed with some government money.

Rizzle Kicks have been confirmed for the Isle of Wight Festival

Hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks set sights on Hollywood

Rizzle Kicks could be heading to Hollywood after the hip-hop duo admitted they were thinking of making a film and have roped in Plan B to help out.

Robert Fisk: Alawite history reveals the complexities of Syria that West does not understand

The maps long favoured in the West partition off Arab countries into ethnic divisions, but all these make clear is our own ignorance

Egyptian riot police arrest a young man during clashes with protesters at a demonstration near Tahrir Square, Cairo, earlier this year

Young children detained and tortured after protests in Egypt

Activists speak out over 'unprecedented level of institutional abuse of children'

Matthew Crawley and Lady Sybil, centre, in Downton Abbey

Julian Fellowes: I was sorry as everyone else to kill off Matthew and Sybil

The Downton Abbey writer said he had no option but to write the dramatic demise of key characters

Dave Eggers: Has a gift for telling real people’s stories

Review: A Hologram for the King, By Dave Eggers

Waiting for royalty: A tale of endless Arabian nights

Education is in trouble in the UK

Far too many students have a weak grasp of spelling and punctuation - the English Baccalaureate could have been a way of rectifying some of these problems

New energy switching website promises to keep users on cheapest deal by constantly monitoring their tariff

A new energy switching website which promises to keep users on the cheapest deal by constantly monitoring their tariff could finally shift the market in favour of consumers, its founder claims.

One Minute With: Lucy Caldwell, novelist

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Small farms are critical in the fight against hunger

60 per cent of the rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty; helping small farms conserve their harvest better can make a huge difference

American Justice, Arts Theatre, London

Could you bring yourself to forgive the murderer of your child? There are remarkable people who manage to do so – such as Gordon Willis spoke those heart-rending and politically transformative words after the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing. Most of us, though, find it easier to put ourselves in the position of Julie Nicholson who, when her daughter died in the terrorist atrocities of July 7 2005, was unable to reconcile her feelings with her role as a priest in Bristol and made the difficult, honourable decision to resign from the ministry. 

We need to find new ways to teach English to immigrants so they don't miss out on the joy of 'The Only Way Is Essex', says Eric Pickles

New ways to teach English to immigrants must be found so they do not miss out on the “enormous joy” of TV show The Only Way Is Essex, Eric Pickles has said.

The prison book club that teaches inmates how to read

Once a week, a small group of inmates gathers in the day centre room at London’s Pentonville Prison to read aloud together. Some do so falteringly, others with more confidence – but all have accepted a challenge to read six books in a year, or before they leave prison.

Page 3 Profile: Julia Donaldson, author and children's laureate

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Mike Blair 'always gives something back', says his coach, Andy Robinson

Chris Paterson praises 'gifted' Mike Blair

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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