Voices Sex thimble: Moore, left, with Peter Cook

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.

Motorist dies after train hits car

A man has died after a car was hit by a freight train at a level crossing in Oxfordshire.

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Birds: written by Eric Partridge; written by Stephen Crane; built by Christopher Wren; performed by Lieutenant Pidgeon.

President Asif Ali Zardari, left, widower of Benazir Bhutto, with his son and chairman of the People’s Party Bilawal

Hundreds of thousands turn out to see Pakistan's rising son

200,000 turn out to see Benazir Bhutto's heir take his first step on the path to political power

Caught in the Net: Sparks fly early from Foals' new fire

Foals are slowly easing themselves back into the fray ahead of the 11 February release of the third album, Holy Fire.

UK's lift from London doubles in size

London's contribution to the nation's coffers has doubled over the last financial year, helped by a rise in City jobs.

You better watch out, you'll probably cry: Santa Claus suspended after claiming he wasn't real and telling children about US school shooting

Santa Claus allegedly told children in his grotto 'I'm not real, it's your mum and dad'

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One of the highest grossing shows in the Royal Court's history, Laura Wade's hit is now at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre. It features the elite Oxford student dining society, the Riot Club. The fictional body echoes the Bullingdon Club of Cameron, Osborne, and Boris Johnson fame.

The real Oxbridge delusion: Deny it all you want, the red trousers and rich kids stereotype fits perfectly

Our writer, an Oxford graduate, slams his elitist alma mater

After withdrawing her application to Magdalen College Elly Nowell told the university not to try to ‘reapply'

The Oxbridge delusion: why the more we talk about these two great universities, the less we know

Our writer, who graduated from Oxford two years ago, says the degree of ignorance and nonsense around Oxbridge is now harming those we ought to help

Last night's viewing - Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me, BBC1; Murder Files: The Haircut Killer, Channel 5

A young, clever, troubled girl finds solace from an oppressive mother in the local library, where she begins to read through the fiction stock in alphabetical order. Which end of the alphabet would you suggest she started at for maximum consolation? In this (though in almost nothing else), the young Jeanette Winterson took the conventional route, beginning at A.

London jobs back at pre-recession levels as the City grows

London’s workforce is now greater than before the height of the 2008-9 recession, with the number of jobs across the City growing at a record rate in 2012, new figures have shown.

'What does Bill think we ought to do?' McCarthy in 1982

Lord McCarthy: Industrial relations expert whose expertise helped resolve many disputes

Bill McCarthy was the guru – and the very best species of guru – to whom Labour ministers turned throughout the Wilson and Callaghan governments when faced with a threatening industrial problem. "What does Bill think we ought to do?" was the question posed by politicians entertaining such different views of industrial relations as Ray Gunter, James Callaghan and Barbara Castle – understandably, since he was a deeply concerned and wise man. If anyone could arrive at a just solution, acceptable to all factions, it was Bill McCarthy. If he couldn't find a solution, ministers resigned themselves to the fact that for the time being there was no solution to be had.

Police launch investigation after human bones are discovered on burnt-out houseboat in Oxford

An investigation has been launched after human bones were discovered on a houseboat that was devastated by fire.

The Bodleian Library’s Clarendon Building in Oxford

Oxford erupts in 'Battle of the Bod'

Paul Gallagher reports from the front line of an academic dust-up

Thierry Tilly was sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for kidnapping, psychological subjection, fraud and abuse of the vulnerable

'Guru' who conned French aristocrats out of £3.6m jailed

Fraudster convinced victims he was a  Nato masterspy sent to protect them

Writers of The Thick of It have been credited with creating the Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year

Omnishambles: the word that sums up the year - official

Writers of The Thick of It have been credited with creating the Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year. ‘Omnishambles’ is defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations”.

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas