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Bob Dylan, I can take him or leave him. Sorry, but it's true. Oh I get that Bob is a big deal. You can bang on all you like about how he's a peerless songwriter and poet and maverick who changed popular culture for ever, and I will nod sagely in agreement.

Bryson's America: Why Americans have a love affair with drugs

DO YOU know what I really miss now that I live in America? I miss coming in from the pub about midnight in a blurry frame of mind and watching Open University on TV. Honestly.

Open Eye: We are sailing... again

The Open University Sailing Club (OUSC) is being re-floated. The re-launch started with the purchase of a new Laser. This will be followed by a refit, including new sails, of the club's Miracle (two/three people). For at least the duration of the refit a Seafly (up to four people) and two sailboards will be loaned to the club.

Open Eye: Opening up - Gill strikes a new note

Gill Tucker started a challenging new job this month as Pro Vice- Chancellor at the University of East London. The appointment makes her the university's senior academic - and, appropriately for an OU Grad, her responsibilities include access and lifelong learning.

Open Eye: Time to speak up for summer schools

Despite anything that has appeared in the popular prints, the OU has no plans to phase out residential schools. They are and will continue to be a major part of the Open University experience for many students. Each year some new courses opt for residential schools, and others decide to concentrate on other approaches - as in the case of the new introductory social science course, DD100

Science: The volcano vulture

IT WAS love at first sight when Dr Hazel Rymer set eyes on the object of her affection. She had carried a heavy back-pack as she climbed up the steep path which took her to the top of a mountain in Central America. Hot and tired, she eventually reached the summit. She peered over the edge and was suddenly face to face with a bubbling cauldron of molten rock.

History: Wanted: film clips of ancient Rome

What do history programmes do when there is no archive film? They behave like fifth-formers; History Hunters C4 The Romans in Britain BBC2

Open Eye: An island of war-like savages, shrouded in perpetual gloom

All programmes are shown on Fridays at 7.30 pm on BBC2.

Open Eye: Keeping true to the vision of the OU

Recently I was privileged to give the Jean Posthuma memorial lecture. Jean Posthuma was a well-known figure in the OU community. I first met her when I arrived at the OU in 1990 at a post-exams partyheld in London before Christmas.

Open Eye: V-C first to have OU on a plate

Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel was one of the first proud owners of a customised OU number plate.

Open Eye: World's largest IT course wins the industry's top award

A revolutionary new Open University course, designed to help Britain prepare for the next millennium of computing, has won the IT world's equivalent of an Oscar.

Open Eye: OU Advances New US Link

A tie-up between Western Governors University in the United States, and the Open University sister organisation, OU-US, will create an unprecedented new distance learning initiative for students in the US.

Letter: No going back

Sir: Ed Clarke's omelette (letter 30 November) will not unscramble back into eggs because of the entropy (irreversibility) created in the process of its manufacture. A better measure of the passage of time and its associated irreversibility is to ponder the claim, "Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter." May I have a research grant please?

Education Letter: An Open and shut case

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Open Eye: Opening Up: Education's in the bag as postman John rises to the Challenge

John Burke, 39, is captain of the OU's current University Challenge team which achieved a runaway victory in the first round of the competition with 350 points. A part-time postman, John was invited to join Mensa at the age of six (but never did) and was a semi-finalist on TV's Mastermind six years ago. He' has recently completed a Diploma in European Humanities with the Open University and is now studying for a BA.

Open Eye: Show your pride in the OU

HAVE WE got your number! We have designed a rear number-plate for membersof the Alumni Association that distinguishes them from the motoring herd.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee