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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.

Open Eye: A Commonwealth of Distance Learning

From The Vice-Chancellor

Letter: Racism or bigotry

Sir: Pace Paul Walter (letter, 2 March), it is not asinine to allege that the Home Office is responsible for the publication of the names of informants in the Stephen Lawrence case.

Open Eye: OU's 10,000 new alumni

Nearly 10,000 OU students throughout the UK and around the world have now been notified that they have qualified for Bachelor and post- graduate degrees.

Open Eye Letter: Summer schools

Many thanks to you and all of those responsible for the publication of Open Eye. In my opinion it is a first-rate publication, extremely useful for programme planning and containing many articles of particular interest. May its success continue for some time to come.

Open Eye: Out today, the report that asks: Who cares for young carers?

Children find it difficult to make their needs known, says a new report which draws on OU research. Yvonne Cook reports

Open Eye: A will's the way to open doors

The last week of March will be Make a Will Week. During that time there will be plenty of information in the press about the importance of having a valid will for your friends and family - and the many ways you can support causes you believe in with a legacy.

Open Eye: New finance director for OU

Miles Hedges, 42, has been appointed to the post of Finance Director at the Open University.

Open Eye: Welcome for Green Paper on teaching

Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel has welcomed many of the proposals made in the Government Green Paper Teachers: meeting the challenge of change.

Open Eye: New Technology And The OU - Be open to the future - but remain open to all

The pace of change is relentless, but it cannot become exclusive, says Eamonn Harding

Why I'm quite happy to eat genetically modified food

Ignore your natural distrust of Government spin doctors' efforts to generate good publicity

Network: Our schoolchildren are still waiting, Mr Blair

Derek Wyatt, left, takes the Government to task for failing properly to plan, fund and put into effect the National Grid for Learning

Open Eye: Insurance scheme ensures OU cash

Students, alumni, staff and friends of the Open University will be able to support the development of their organisation when they take out their next insurance policy under a scheme launched this week.

Open Eye: Recalling the real founding fathers of the OU

As the Open University marks its thirtieth anniversary it is salutary to look back at its origins, and in particular at the first conception and implementation of the idea, for credit is not always given where it is most due. Much is often made of the initiatives of Harold Wilson and Jennie Lee. Both were certainly doughty advocates and supporters in the early days - but John Griffith has a personal recollection of how it all actually started .

Open Eye: Now it's Doc15 (that's a doctor to the 15th degree)

The first of the Open University's 24 degree ceremonies in 1999 is still some way off but we are already planning the programme for 2000. In particular, the honorary degrees committee is finalising the list of names that it will recommend to Senate. To mark the Millennium we have made a particular effort to identify people who have contributed to the advancement of the ideal of openness in its many facets.

Letter: Pleasant Paxman

Sir: As competitors in the current series of University Challenge, we were somewhat surprised by the widespread media coverage given to Mr Lance Haward, the 62-year-old member of the Open University's team.
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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