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The handwritten book by Ebenezer Cobb Morley contains the 13 original laws of football

Scapegoat for us all

Today's mother has never had it so bad. Where once she provided food and warmth, now she must build character and nurture soul. No wonder women are opting out

Vote now for the Non-Personality of the Year

There is still time to vote in our Non- Personality of 1996 competition! Yes, this is your chance to nominate the person who, in your opinion, has done most to lower the tone of 1996 and make it a duller, drearier year.

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Heading for humane slaughter at the polls

It's official. We can stop worrying about the Tory government. New evidence suggests that it will die out naturally within the next 12 months. That means that they will not need culling, and no cure needs to be found for mad government disease.

Arts: Bragg makes cash plea for TV's new talent

Melvyn Bragg yesterday threw down the gauntlet to Virginia Bottomley, Secretary of State for National Heritage, by challenging her to pledge half of ITV's annual levy of pounds 370m to encouraging the work of young programme- makers.

Rattle unlocks key to modern music

Sir Simon Rattle yesterday launched a televisual crusade for the appreciation of some of our culture's most difficult musical works - the orchestral compositions of the 20th century.

Letter: Why the royals can't be like us

Sir: Melvyn Bragg is right ("Prisoners of the fourth estate", 5 August). This country needs a monarchy but the royal family will have to reform itself if it is to survive through the next century.

Letter: Brothel peril

Sir: How far does Melvyn Bragg ("Let's hear it for the brothel", 23 July) want to push legalisation of prostitution? Does he want prostitution to be turned into such a legitimate profession that unemployed women will be refused benefit if they don't take the nice job going at the local brothel? Will donations from pimps be welcome additions to party funds?

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Melvyn Bragg has written a 750-page chronicle of wordy synods and sweating Saxons. Hugo Barnacle joins the pilgrimage; Credo: An Epic Tale of the Dark Ages by Melvyn Bragg Sceptre, pounds 16.99

20,000 leagues under a Melvyn Bragg

I bring you today the first extract from the new sex 'n' shipping novel `Woman Overboard' by Elsie Fairfax, soon to be a major paperback.

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