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Under initial proposals by campaigners seeking tighter controls on internet porn, customers would have had to contact their ISP if they wanted the automatic filter switched off

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The Government has entrusted the safeguarding of children to a bunch of non-UK, unregulated, commercial interests

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Judging by the national mood, I would urge David Cameron to go to the polls now; the mood is good out there

Stocking fillers: pop-ups, poems and smut

Amazon had better set its drones to attack because beautiful paper books just get better and better. Anyone left disappointed by the Fifty Shades phenomenon might prefer some literary smut in the form of Erotic Stories, edited by Rowan Pelling (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, £10.99). A collection of stories and fragments from Boccaccio to Sarah Waters, it tiptoes from the suggestive – in Guy de Maupassant’s “Idyll”, which begins with a train “plunging abruptly into the black-mouthed tunnels like an animal into its lair” – to the rather shocking – a piece by Edith Wharton, “My Little Girl”, discovered after her death.

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All public examinations - including GCSEs and A-levels - will be taken online within the next decade, an independent education chief is forecasting.

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Chief executive Bolland faces embarrassment as critics accuse retailer of overhyping

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"Beggars made good subjects for cards," explains the Bond Street gallerist John Kasmin of the reason these motley sorts adorn myriad postcards he has collected from around the world. "Exaggerated characters or heartstring-pullers, they knew how to pose, how to present the face, the posture of neediness, dereliction, despair – it was their livelihood, this ability."

The Weekend’s Viewing: Simon Schama’s story was as much an investigation into identity as it was the beginning of a difficult history

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Beatrice Kozera, who died on 15 August at the age of 92, was a Los Angeles-born woman whose fleeting relationship with Jack Kerouac was chronicled in the author’s greatest novel, On the Road, in which she was known as “Terry, the Mexican girl”.

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