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As the furry TV superstars re-emerge from a 30-year hibernation to play Glastonbury, the man behind their greatest hits relives the pleasures and pitfalls of the glory days – and reveals how he survived 'career suicide'

Designs for learning: An innovative Rutland school shows that low-cost needn't mean second-rate

Cuts to building budgets mean there'll be no more show-stoppers like the newly unveiled City of Westminster College.

10 best children's audio books

Audio books can be just as engaging a way into a love of books as bedtime reading. From Paddington to Pooh, here are some of our favourites.

Police warned not to misuse anti-terror laws to round up innocent people

Police must avoid the "temptation" to abuse anti-terrorism laws by using them as a net to round up innocent people – particularly in the run-up to next year's Olympics, the Government's terrorism watchdog has warned.

Train operators may be handed job of repairing their own track

Money-saving plan to urge a return towards the days when British Rail did everything

Tips and deals of the week: 15/05/2011

The hub

A new canal boat hire base has opened on the Grand Union Canal, Paddington Arm, at Willow Tree Marina near Greenford, west London.

Go to drifters.co.uk

Sir Simon Milton: London's deputy mayor for policy and planning and Boris Johnson's chief of staff

Sir Simon Milton, deputy mayor of London for policy and planning and chief of staff to London Mayor Boris Johnson, was seen by many as "the man really responsible for running the capital" and perhaps more importantly as the "details man" who was able to make his boss's ideas a reality.

Roy Jackson: High-ranking TUC official who built up a nationwide system of trade union education

Roy Jackson, the former Assistant General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, was widely respected throughout the movement as one of the leading movers in building up a nationwide system of trade union education. Over 30,000 trade unionists a year would complete the courses he instituted.

Collingwood successor will join an England team seeking world domination

Trying to break in to a successful team is one of the most difficult tasks in sport but it must also be one of the most enjoyable.

Hero fireman jailed over £100m drug ring

A hero fireman honoured for rescuing victims of one of the July 7 bombs has been jailed for 14 years for his role in a £100 million cocaine ring, it can be reported today.

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Paddington's Merchant Square building is a bit of a mind-bender

Britain is awash with large commercial buildings whose façades have been tarted up with supposedly creative gubbins because planners encourage the so-called Per Cent For Art approach. We're not talking Anish Kapoor. Nine times out of ten, that 1 per cent of building cost pays for witless "artistic" glass fins projecting from façades.

Asylum seeker 'fled hospital after killing lover'

An asylum seeker arrested for killing his older lover fled a hospital during a fire drill before being found in Spain 14 years later, a court heard today.

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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