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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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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform