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A bit more than a spoonful of sugar

Education Secretary Michael Gove

‘Jingoistic and illegal’ – what teachers think of Michael Gove's national curriculum reforms

Over 100 historians claim Education Secretary’s plan ‘lacks balance and promotes political views’

Top Hat by Stephen Jones at Debenhams

The crowning glory

Milliner Stephen Jones has worked with an impressive roster of designers, but his next stop is the high street, says Gemma Hayward

Dame Julie Andrews: The Sound of Music star lost her vocal range after surgery

Julie Andrews tops poll of Christmas telly

Julie Andrews has been crowned the Queen of Christmas television in a new poll to find our festive favourites.

Alex James (left) with chef Jamie Oliver
Australian swimmer and five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe missed his last chance of making the London Games

Grace Dent: Time to chisel pizza off your floor

My Olympics: Visit the Australian embassy and stage a revolt about Ian Thorpe leaving the country

Mary Poppins, at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012
The ceremony ached with cleverness, wit, and subversion

Chris Blackhurst: There's nothing remotely 'leftie' about celebrating immigration and the NHS

Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony was dismissed as 'leftie, multicultural crap' by right-wing Tory MP Aidan Burley. Chris Blackhurst, who was there, insists nothing could be further from the truth

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Disney's version of Mary Poppins

Disney to film tale of how Walt won Mary Poppins

The fractious relationship between Walt Disney and P L Travers, the author who created Mary Poppins but despised Hollywood's saccharine portrayal of her magical nanny, will be dramatised in a new film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Disney's version of Mary Poppins

The feud behind Disney's Mary Poppins to take centre stage (and a spoonful of sugar didn't help)

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks set to star in movie about writer's battles with Hollywood

Starry night: Dick Van Dyke with Arlene Silver in Los Angeles - they were married a month later, in Malibu

Dick Van Dyke, 86, and his new bride – aged 40

Star married 'on the spur of the moment'

Disney composer Robert Sherman dies

Robert Sherman, who composed classic Disney songs such as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and It's a Small World (After All), has died in London at the age of 86.

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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