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Like lots of academic research, the new Oxford University study into us short-arses (I qualify, I believe) says nothing terribly new. Supposed "Short Man Syndrome" has been around for as long as us short blokes have taken our tiny strides across God's earth.

Chalk Talk: Oxford and Cambridge aren't top of every league table

Interesting to look at the employment records of our leading universities, as published by the Higher Education statistics Agency last week. It's not the usual suspects that are in the top spots for getting their graduates into a job or further study. However, it may not be that surprising that some of the specialist higher education institutions do best.

Turl Street Kitchen, 16-17 Turl Street Oxford

At a scrubbed wooden table, a dapper, Rumpole-ish gentleman is taking lunch, in immaculate suit and wide red braces. Behind him, also eating alone, is a troll in human form – a small, wild-haired oldster wearing a plunging singlet and very short shorts, his abundantly furry chest and shoulders on proud display. Both of these unlikely fellow diners look perfectly at home.

Cockatoos show they can master the nuts and bolts

Cockatoos can crack tough puzzles and even unpick locks to reach a reward, scientists have found. 

If you want to be employed after uni, study music...

2012's recession-busting graduating class at the Royal Academy of Music were all employed or in further study within six months of finishing their degree

EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who today said he

Controversy as EDL leader asked to speak at Oxford Union

Tommy Robinson, co-founder and current leader of the English Defence League, has been invited to debate at Oxford Union.

Ann Coffey says she wants a system fit for purpose that protects children

'No mercy' for those who fail to protect children, says Ann Coffey

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for runaway and missing children and adults wants a care system which is 'fit for purpose'

Dentists' charges for check-ups are soaring

The price of a check-up at the dentists can vary by as much as 200 per cent depending on where you live in the country.

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Oxford grooming gang jailed: Dogar and Karrar brothers get life for abuse and rape of young girls

The men, aged between 27 and 38, were found guilty of eight years of offending

Author James Martin dies aged 79

The largest ever donor to Oxford University and “extraordinary intellect” Dr James Martin has died, the university has said.

Sports Direct takes over HMV's flagship store

The flagship Oxford Street store of the fallen music retailer HMV has been snapped up by Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct.

Jason Leech discusses stepping down as project manager

The Apprentice 2013: Jason Leech in the firing line after bungled matchmaking challenge

Jason Leech was fired from The Apprentice after he failed to win the heart of Lord Sugar over a bungled matchmaking challenge.

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Alex Ferguson was appointed Manchester United manager on 6 November 1986 and lost his first game in charge against underdogs Oxford United. United would only manage one away win in the whole season. Having been 21st and second from bottom when he took over, he guided them to an 11th place finish at the end of the campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson's first Manchester United team sheet to be sold at auction

Handwritten side expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000

Three men arrested after Oxford guest house raided in child sex abuse investigation

Police investigating the sexual abuse of children in Oxford have arrested three men after raiding a guest house used regularly by a paedophile ring operating in the city.

Three men held by police investigating child sex ring allegations

Three men have been arrested by police investigating an alleged paedophile ring which led to vulnerable schoolgirls being drugged, raped and sold into prostitution.

A beautician at work in Coco Nail Bar in Portobello Road, west London, which offers 222 shades of varnish

Manicure mania: The business that nailed the beauty boom

As the high street suffers, the growing market for glamour has given one trade a remarkable lift

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