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Greg Wallace's decision is said to have surprised staff at five schools he ran successfully in east London

Greg Wallace has been forced to stand down as head of the five primary schools in Hackney, east London, while allegations are investigated over the awarding of a computer contract to a firm run by a man with whom he has a close personal relationship

‘Superhead’ Greg Wallace suspended over claims he gave IT contract to boyfriend

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In a Radio 4 interview, Martin Amis, the son of the author and poet Kingsley Amis, suggests his surname has damaged his career and says he wishes he had put 'greater distance' between himself and his father

Martin Amis says his surname has held him back

The novelist Martin Amis has described his famous surname as a “burden”. In a Radio 4 interview, the son of the author and poet Kingsley Amis suggests his surname has damaged his career and says he wishes he had put “greater distance” between himself and his father.

Photo essay: Travellers' Children, 1987

Colin O'Brien spent three weeks photographing the children of travellers in Hackney 25 years ago.

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'Art is really about life, and about challenging the establishment...'

Terence Blacker: Why so embittered, Martin?

The surprisingly large number of English people who heartily dislike their own country are in for a trying few days. The cricket season has started. Two bank holiday weekends in the spring sunshine will encourage families to celebrate the joys of the English countryside and seaside. Politically, the likelihood that the Scottish National Party will soon enjoy majority rule in its own country will put the question of nationalism centre-stage.

Gun murder gang pair get 32 years

Two members of a murderous gun gang were jailed for life today for the murder of an innocent 16-year-old girl shot dead when a tit-for-tat revenge hit went wrong.

Amis says <i>au revoir</i> to all that

Martin Amis's new novel will deliver a withering attack on British society &ndash; but it is no parting shot, he tells Andrew Johnson

The Week in Culture: The bronze that hit a brick wall

In the last few months, I've watched The Warriors as the sun set over London Fields, Blade Runner: The Director's Cut in a pub (complete with interval for buying drinks), Sweet Smell of Success at a film-school speakeasy and Casablanca on a friend's big screen. In fact, the last film for which I made a pilgrimage to the bright lights of Leicester Square was Sex and the City 2 – and the less said about that, the better. I'm not alone, either. Multiplexes, move over: these days discerning film fans are looking for more from their cinema experience than an enormous screen and overpriced popcorn.

Say a long goodbye to the multiplex

Reports of the death of film have been greatly exaggerated. It's not the movies we've gone off, just traditional movie-houses. In their place, finds Alice Jones, are screens at festivals, in fields, car parks and sheds, and themed nights at secret locations and in private clubs

Murder gang 'cowards' jailed for life

Six members of a bicycle gang who murdered innocent schoolboy Shaquille Smith in a park were jailed for life today.

Gang of six guilty of Shaquille Smith murder

A gang of six youths were found guilty at the Old Bailey today of murdering an innocent 14-year-old schoolboy stabbed in a park.

Page Turner: Where are Amis, Greer, Faulks and Truss now, then?

The first edition of The Independent on Sunday Review, on 28 January 1990, was a generous launching pad for keen young book reviewers. Alongside Anita Brookner and Germaine Greer the books pages carried an essay by Alan Bennett ("Anthony Powell's Books Do Furnish a Room was not my mother's way of thinking," he wrote. "'Books untidy a room' more like or, as she would have said, 'Books upset'") and a column by some chap called Sebastian Faulks. His first column for The Sunday Review was a literary ramble about driving a Sinclair C5 and was much like this one in tone, but with better hair. He left the paper not long afterwards to "concentrate on his writing". Nobody knows what has happened to him since.

Three arrested over Shaquille murder

Two more people have been arrested over the murder of Shaquille Smith in London on Saturday, Scotland Yard said today.

Stabbed teenager 'a victim of gang feud', says friend

The mother of a teenager who was stabbed in an apparent gang feud spoke yesterday of how she found him bleeding to death from a single stab wound to his stomach outside their house.

Two more teenagers die in epidemic of knife attacks

A 14-year-old boy died in hospital yesterday after being stabbed during a fight in east London the previous evening. He was the 25th teenager to be murdered in the capital this year, and the 20th victim of a knife attack.

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