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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Gadgets not included: Two-year training programme will cover issues such as cyber threats, espionage, organised crime and terrorism

Now recruiting teen Bonds: Security services target school leavers for next generation of 'trainee spies'

Radical plans created by Britain’s security services will see school leavers recruited as “trainee spies” to form a new generation of espionage experts.

Anthony Hilton: Private banks have lots to shout about, but they’re far too private for that

For years on my way to work I used to go past the front door of the private bank Duncan Lawrie without knowing it was there – which shows how private they were. But it also underlines a dilemma for firms such as theirs. When the essence of what they offer is a discreet personal service, how do you let people know you exist?

Pupils look through microscopes during a science lesson

Science is downgraded in primary schools as English and maths given priority, say inspectors

It is often not taught every day - and half of pupils are given no targets for it

Misunderstood: Biggles creator W E Johns, pictured in 1960

Biggles flies uncensored: more whisky, less jingoism

World View: W E Johns's tales about the often derided but intrepid fighter pilot have been unfairly maligned

Cameron is attacking those he thinks ‘lack aspiration’. What would he know?

I’ve taught hundreds of pupils from poorer backgrounds, and of course they want to get on in life

The richer you are, the more likely you will get into a top university, says report

Rates of success between rich and poor is not simply down to grades

Andy McSmith's Diary: You don’t need to rise too early to catch Justine Greening out on geography

When hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless and desperate by one of the most ferocious storms on record, it is an occasion for the Secretary of State for International Development to move into action.

John Major slams private school privilege: What did he do to change the system while he was PM?

All Major did was allow a few high-performing schools serving the middle classes to opt out into grant-maintained status

World acclaim: Malala’s autobiography has been hailed outside her native Pakistan, where the Taliban threatens to attack shops that stock it

Inspiration or danger? Private schools in Pakistan ban Malala Yousafzai's book

The education campaigner's story of being shot by the Taliban would be 'negative' for children

Robert Webb rejoined the Labour Party after reading Russell Brand's article

Russell Brand hits back at Robert Webb: 'I'm not in favour of death camps'

Russell Brand has attacked his fellow comedian's privileged Oxbridge roots

Back to School with the i paper

What do you wish you had known about working life whilst you were at school? With many young people struggling to find employment and a bewildering variety of jobs out there, career advice is more important than ever.

Katherine Birbalsingh with the Education Secretary Michael Gove at the 2010 Conservative conference

Tories' top teacher Katherine Birbalsingh to open free school in Brent after long battle

Katherine Birbalsingh set for return after speech at Conservative Party Conference cost her a previous job

Angela Akers, 42, pursued a successful career as a senior dental officer

Special report: Working-class pupils went to private schools under Margaret Thatcher’s abolished assisted places scheme - how did they get on?

Under Margaret Thatcher’s government, they were plucked from poverty and taken out of state schools to attend top private schools instead, courtesy of the state. 

Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw argued that schools such as Eton, Harrow and Charterhouse Westminster were established to provide an education for the poor

Private schools must offer state schools more than just 'crumbs off their tables', says Ofsted boss

Chief inspector argues schools such as Eton, Harrow and Charterhouse Westminster were established to provide an education for the poor

The News Matrix: Wednesday 2 October 2013

Attacks cost £154m in lost tourism

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Japan's Suntory Beverage & Food has bought GlaxoSmithKline's Lucozade and Ribena
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A tongue-eating louse (not the one Mr Poli found)
newsParasitic louse appeared inside unfilleted sea bass
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Out and about: for 'Glee' character Bert Hummel, having a gay son was a learning curve
lifeEven 'cool' parents need help parenting gay teens
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peopleJack Monroe accuses David Cameron of 'misty-eyed rhetoric'
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The illusionist believes hypnotism helped him to deal with the lack of control he felt growing up
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Tana Ramsay gave evidence in a legal action in which her husband, Gordon, is accusing her father, Christopher Hutcheson, of using a ghost writer machine to “forge” his signature
peopleTana Ramsay said alleged discovery was 'extremely distressing'
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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible