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15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Cricket: Classy Cullinan

DARYLL CULLINAN and Jacques Kallis made good South African captain Hansie Cronje's promise of no compromise to the bowed and beaten West Indies with a commanding, unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 208 on the first day of the fourth Test yesterday.

Tax breaks for R&D to be unveiled

Tax breaks for R&D to be unveiled

The knowledge-based economy: The making of a White Paper

May 1997: Margaret Beckett transfers back to the DTI the competitiveness team that had been at the Cabinet Office under Michael Heseltine. "We knew competitiveness had to be at the heart of our policy," says Dan Corry, Peter Mandelson's special adviser. "Without strong business and a strong economy, government cannot achieve what we want for the UK."

Secretarial: It doesn't have to hurt

Staff and bosses find them painful, but an appraisal can be tolerable.

Food, glorious food

Farmers' markets are springing up around the country selling top- quality produce direct to the public. The supermarkets should be worried.

Music: They're all out of All Saints

Industry bigwigs may have cold-shouldered Sound City but it was a triumph for the indies

Exchanges reveal alliance details

MEMBERS OF the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges will have direct access to the order books of both markets under phase one of the alliance between them which comes into effect on 4 January. Details of phase one were outlined at a seminar in the City yesterday.

Phrenological Notes: Brain analysis and bumps on the head

IF YOU place a finger on the nape of your neck then edge it up you will come across a bump formed by the base of your skull. According to Franz Gall, the founder of phrenology, this particular protuberance marks the location of the "Organ of Amativeness" - "the faculty that gives rise to the sexual feeling". An inch or so up is the "Organ of Combativeness".

Real living: Love changes everything

Several 'experts' claim they've found the secret of happiness. The answer is blindingly simple, says Hester Lacey

Letter: Rotten role models

WHAT A perceptive analysis by Theodore Dalrymple of Will Carling's relationships. Based on more than 30 years in industry, I feel that certain parallels can be drawn with the activities of some of those who form the audience at Mr Carling's business seminars.

Letter: Jews by choice

Sir: Along with so many others you are over-pessimistic about the future of British Jewry ("We must redefine Jewishness", 28 September).

FOCUS: WHERE THERE'S NO WILL...

The hero of Middle England has more in common with members of the underclass on whom so many of society's ills are blamed

Shopping: Check It Out Fortnum & Mason

IF BLACK pudding and rhubarb are your thing, then Fortnum and Mason is your place. For Lancastrian and Michelin-starred chef, Paul Heathcote, will shortly be there to promote such Northern "delicacies" and sign his new, aptly-named book Paul Heathcote's Rhubarb & Black Pudding.

Poetic Licence: Sperm Wail

A worldwide study of the male sperm count has been launched. Recent research indicates that global sperm counts have halved in the past 50 years

Czech exile in dialogue over Plato

The Independent Archive: 20 August 1988 Dr Julius Tomin argues that he is being discriminated against for his unorthodox philosophical views. Simon Midgley reports
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015