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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?

Westboro Baptist Church member Shirley Phelps-Roper demonstrates before the celebration of the life of entertainment icon Isaac Hayes in August 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee

Change will silence the kind of bigoted evangelists who blame Sandy Hook on gays and abortion

Soon we might not have to listen to this claptrap anymore

Plebgate: If the police can do this to a Government minister, what hope is there for black kids from Brixton?

No black man could yell obscenities at the police without being promptly handcuffed

Newtown massacre: Town tries to move on as schools reopen

Children across Newtown returned to school yesterday, the first time teachers and students filed into classrooms since the massacre that shook the town, and the nation, on Friday.

Six things I’ve learnt watching Fresh Meat

When Fresh Meat first aired in 2011, I had just gone through the ordeal most commonly known as Fresher’s week. Interested to know how Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain would portray university life, I at first found Fresh Meat surprisingly realistic... except that university students do work some of the time, but that wouldn’t make for very entertaining television.

Sean Connery as James Bond (left) and Daniel Craig as 007 in 'Skyfall'

From Skyfall to the Sixties: New James Bond novel by author William Boyd set in 1969

007 is getting a new literary outing 60 years after Casino Royale

Miranda (2009-present): Developed from a Radio 2 series, Miranda Hart's joke shop owner transferred to BBC2 and then to BBC1 after audiences of 4 million

Miranda Hart: Some comedies make me furious...I hate them so much

The comedy writer and Call The Midwife star on depression, her love life and tattoos

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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.

The real Oxbridge delusion: Deny it all you want, the red trousers and rich kids stereotype fits perfectly

Our writer, an Oxford graduate, slams his elitist alma mater

Anthony Hilton: Housing bonds could be the way to build our way out of a national disgrace

The Treasury... does not want local authorities to be financially independent

The number of grades wrongly awarded has soared by 18.7 per cent to 45,630

Sharp rise in number of GCSE and A-level papers wrongly marked fuels concerns over standards

A dramatic rise in the number of GCSE and A-level papers wrongly marked by examiners this summer is revealed in figures released today.

Patrick and Henry Cockburn at a family dinner in 2000

Henry Cockburn: 'I can hear what other people can't'

Henry Cockburn smoked joints daily for seven years. Does that explain what happened next?

Farewell JR: Tributes pour in after Dallas star Larry Hagman dies aged 81

Tributes were flooding in from around the world today following the death of Dallas star Larry Hagman.

Stand up, speak up: Britain's students must learn from their Chilean counterparts to bring about change in education system

In Chile students have set up their own bodies to challenge the government

Biggest fraudster in UK history: £1.4bn UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli jailed for 7 years

In January 2008, times were good for Kweku Adoboli. The financial crisis had yet to bite and after a rapid rise through the back office of Swiss banking giant UBS, he had made it on to its London trading floor along with high-octane lifestyle of graft, six-figure salaries and penthouse parties.

A very happy birthday... if you’re privately educated

An Eton and Oxbridge education is still a must for high-fliers in a whole host of professions ranging from acting to the judiciary and the diplomatic service, according to research to be published later today.

A half-time summary of my game of life

Last week I turned 45. That means that, best-case scenario, I'm halfway through life. That's a weird thought. My life so far has been a rather varied and extraordinary affair. I was born in Beirut and spent a charmed childhood in the hills above the Lebanese capital, making the occasional jaunt into the Syrian desert. Then came the civil war and everything changed.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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