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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.

Setting the wheels in motion

When she is not studying with The Open University, Penelope Weir cycles across Europe, Australia and New Zealand for charity. Rebecca Ford reports

Catherine Cooke

Scholar of Soviet architecture

Part-time study in cyberspace

Distance learning can be lonely, but now interactive teaching can be done by e-mail and students can take part in online tutorials. Nicholas Pyke reports

'You can trust me - I'm a journalist'

Nobody trusts a journalist or a politican, says Yvonne Cook. What's worse is that they don't even trust each other.

`These figures are more about distracting us with bathwater than showing us the baby'

THE EXTRAORDINARY thing about the university performance indicators published last week was that they carried no mention of entry qualifications. While drop-out levels, social background and schools attended were featured, previous attainment, which puts the "higher" into higher education, was nowhere to be seen.

Open Eye: Missions for the new millennium

TIME TO sign off on the second millennium. The English think of 1066 as the beginning of well-documented national history. We can study nearly a thousand years of 1066 and All That and now the re-published Domesday Book allows us to make before-and-after comparisons.

Open Eye: Your OU affinity - on a plate

THE OU number plate features a recognisable OU symbol, and the words Open University Alumni Association running along the bottom of the plate.

Open Eye: Calling callers

THE OU is seeking enthusiastic and articulate OU graduates and students to help with its telephone fundraising campaign for Spring.

Open Eye: University sets courses for circus performers

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY has produced some high fliers - but none so spectacular as the aerial acrobats who'll be thrilling audiences in the Millennium Dome from the start of the new year.

Open Eye: OU card leads to grizzly bears in Alaska

ALASKA is the best place in the world to see grizzly bears. Imagine salmon swimming upstream and jumping up a waterfall as they try to get to their spawning ground...

Open Eye: An affinity deal you can bank on

Ten-year partnership that helps provide our University links

Dozens of firms `escape corporate killings charges'

UP TO 55 cases of corporate manslaughter a year should be brought against companies and directors where employees have been killed in the workplace, according to new research.

5,000 inner-city pupils to sample university classes

INNER-CITY pupils will have the chance to attend summer schools at leading universities in an attempt to persuade them to enter higher education, the Government announced yesterday. Ministers are following an initiative pioneered by Peter Lampl, a millionaire entrepreneur who is running summer schools at four universities.

Open Eye: First Tuesday - Oxymoron? Or is it academic progress?

Exactly what, a German friend asked the other day, is an oxymoron?
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?