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Two out of three children admit to cheating in school sports because they feel under pressure to win, according to a survey to be released today.

BACK TO OLD SCHOOL FOR WALDEGRAVE'S SUPPORTERS

Dominance of Eton and Oxbridge speakers in Scott debate leads to Opposition bias charge. Stephen Goodwin reports

how to join the MCC

The fantasy of every cricket lover is to sit in the pavilion at Lords and watch an international Test match. While it may not be too difficult to obtain a ticket for a match at Lords, the sanctuary of the pavilion, in addition to a plethora of other privileges, is only available to members of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

The shingle mum

The here-and-now mood is Sixties seaside: mini skirts, tiny knitted cardigans, heavy make-up, a rock chick's hair - and a little child in tow. Take a day trip back in time; STYLING BY TERESA LETCHFORD HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY LISA VALENCIA MODELS: CALI AT MODELS ONE; AND OSCAR

Wanted: heroic dreamers

Do you have the right stuff to enter our pounds 25,000 travel challenge ? By Justine Hardy

OBITUARY: Sir Godfrey Agnew

Godfrey Agnew was for 21 years Clerk of the Privy Council. The main function of the Council today is to give formal effect to Proclamations and Orders in Council, which are issued by the Crown under prerogative or statutory powers. Such instruments are enacted "by and with the advice of Her Majesty's Privy Council".

Merger speculation lifts GUS

Almost pounds 200m was added to the stock market value of Great Universal Stores yesterday as board changes at Britain's largest mail-order company triggered speculation that it was poised to merge with the retailing house Next, writes Nigel Cope.

Grand designs

If you know a fine way to treat a Steinway, then get your ivory- tickling digits down to Steinway Hall this weekend for an unprecedented open-house event at the legendary home of the piano. Three showrooms will be laden with more than 55 gleaming examples of the piano-maker's art, from modest uprights to concert grands, which can cost up to pounds 69,000. But it's free to mosey along and pick out "Fur Elise" on any of these prime sex-on-legs artefacts - including those recently played by Kissin, Pogorelich and Schiff - and throughout the weekend there will be presentations on piano design and construction from master craftsmen. Restoration, restringing and polishing will all be demonstrated, and members of the public are welcome to try their hand at tuning a piano. This weekend will be a rare spot in the limelight for the unsung piano technicians who work together with performers for up to three months before a concert, getting to know the players' precise requirements, and then have to pick up the pieces afterwards - many celebrated pianists, like Beethoven, have been reputed to leave their instruments in completely unplayable condition after a few hours at the stool. Also on show will be examples of the Boston, Steinway's new range of more affordable pianos, which start at a measly pounds 4,000 for an upright - less than a car, and a lot better for the environment.

Lukewarm welcome for Banham

NIGEL COPE

True stories from the Great Railway Disaster: No 31: So you want the cheapest ticket to Birmingham?

A weekly chronicle of the absurdities caused by the Government's privatisation programme;

This woman has a tough job: spending pounds 90bn of your cash

Nicholas Timmins on a mandarin in the eye of a spending storm

Pearson's new image modelled on data provision

MATHEW HORSMAN

Andrew Pike dies

ANDREW PIKE, the Independent on Sunday's first advertisement manager, died suddenly last week aged 40.

Unreality on a silver platter

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Mother and two children drowned in pool

A MOTHER and her two young children were found drowned in a leisure centre swimming pool in central London yesterday. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

It's called the Cockpit, but did we need the ejector-seat?

Why is Soho Theatre Company, one of our leading producers of new writing, being evicted? David Benedict reports
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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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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

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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