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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?

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Eastleigh by-election: Maria Hutchings' private school comments weren't the only cause of defeat, but they highlight Tory hypocrisy on education

Scrapping public schools would be a step towards a more meritocratic society

The Education Secretary said one school backer had received threats

Creationist sect among 100-plus faith applicants for free schools

Plymouth Brethren failed in bid – but one in four contenders have religious affiliations

Tony Sheridan: Singer and guitarist who was a catalyst in the early career of The Beatles

Tony Sheridan: Singer and guitarist who was a catalyst in the early career of The Beatles

When he went to Hamburg he found that the wild and crazy lifestyle suited him perfectly

Headmaster accuses Nick Clegg of 'double standards' over independent schools

A leading headmaster has accused Nick Clegg of having “double standards” for considering sending his son to an independent school at the same time as he tries to limit the number of university places available to pupils in private education.

Britten: ‘Rather a spoilt boy, and certainly a busy one’

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Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music, By Neil Powell

There is remarkable accord between two new biographies of this prodigious composer who was, by necessity, an outsider

PE in school: Actions would speak louder than words

Helping children grow up healthy is an essential part of education

More students aiming for top universities are investing in extra tuition

Summer exams help rise in Easter revision courses

Demand for A-level top-up sessions is increasing, says James Wardrobe

The private school grievances of head teachers like Frances King do not deserve such a public hearing

As a beneficiary of a private education I know it confers obvious and provable advantages. Why should parents demand even more?

US Boy Scouts ready to drop ban on gay members and leaders

The US Scout movement is signalling its readiness to end a ban on gay members and leaders after a wave of protest.

The News Matrix: Monday 28 January 2013

State of emergency after dozens die

Frank Keating has died at the age of 75

Frank Keating: Doyen of sportswriters whose work was suffused with wit and and joy

Frank Keating, who has died at the age of 75, was a giant of sports journalism, although as a columnist and feature writer whose work habitually brought out the humanity and humour in a subject, he would have chortled self-mockingly at such a grandiose epitaph.

Nick Clegg: 'Uncertainty is the enemy of growth and jobs'

An open letter to Nick Clegg on the matter of his children possibly being educated privately

The Deputy Prime Minister, educated at Westminster School himself, says the State sector isn't good enough for his children. He doesn't know what he's talking about

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