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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)

In the long summer days Eleanor Doughty has discovered a new way to pass the time. Just don't tell the neighbours

Mumford & Sons perform at Glastonbury 2013

Slumford & Sons: Mumfords complain they are 'picked on' for being posh

Mumford & Sons have complained that they are fed up with being "picked on" for being posh.

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.

POSH:
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

Just 0.1 per cent of students on free school meals win places at Oxbridge, according to DfE figures

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

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

One in 10 youngsters in Britain has a low sense of well-being,  says Children’s Society

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

Exclusive interview with Hugh Robertson on Olympics legacy: Minister ‘delighted’– but facilities are still closing

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

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

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

In a feat of stunning oration, the Democrat spoke for half a day to stop an anti-abortion bill being passed in Texas. Just who is this loquacious heroine?

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

Turnbull: ‘a fantastic interviewer – incisive, witty and warm’

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

Turnbull’s meeting with Frank Sinatra at the Savoy Hotel ended up in a late-night jamming session

Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw

Ofsted chief says private schools are 'marooned on an island of privilege'

Sir Michael Wilshaw tells parents and teachers that schools must to more to help the less fortunate

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch