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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?

Gentlemen, Gypsies and Jesters, by Anthony Gibson and Stephen Chalke

It is a constant lament that league cricket has taken a lot of the fun out of the amateur game, but this sparkling history of wandering sides, stuffed with good anecdotes, indicates that there are still many who enjoy playing friendly matches in the right spirit and with a smile on their faces. No fewer than 114 clubs are featured, many still going strong, some less so, starting with the most historic of all, I Zingari (The Gypsies), founded in 1845.

Review: Almost English, By Charlotte Mendelson

An insightful outsider's view of English public school? Well, almost

Keeping up with the Joneses (sort of)

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Mumford & Sons perform at Glastonbury 2013

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More than one in four parents plan to hire tutors during the summer holidays, according to an organisation that offers online maths tutorials

Parents turn to private tutors during holidays to stop 'summer slide'

More than one in four parents plan to hire tutors during the summer holidays, according to an organisation that offers online maths tutorials.

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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.

Rich pupils get the best university places

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Lily Chamberlain: 'Teachers made no effort to combat the problem'

Children become more insecure, unhappy and isolated during recession, warns report

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Hugh Robertson: 'No other home nation has ever increased the number of people participating'

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‘No other host nation has ever increased the number of people participating’

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One to watch: Atalanta Arden-Miller, painter, 17

Is this the new Lucian Freud?

Only half the current crop of county cricketers come from a state school background

Exclusive: Only half of county cricketers come from UK state schools

Ratio likely to be even less than that for England's opening team in Ashes series on Wednesday

High spirits: Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens in 'Private Lives' now running at the Gielgud Theatre
Standing up for a woman's right to choose: Wendy Davis in action this week

Senator Wendy Davis putting the time in with 11 hour filibuster to stop anti-abortion bill

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Having a flannel cap to hand was essential for early players

Play up and play the game, chaps... and push over anyone in the way: Sheffield school teams prepare to play football according to the 1858 rules

The match is taking place at Hallam FC’s Sandygate Road ground – reputed to be the oldest in the world – to celebrate its history in the local community

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Mark Turnbull: BBC journalist who refused to let his blindness curb a glittering career

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Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw

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