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In April of this year, Marina Chapman, a sixtysomething grandmother from Bradford, published an autobiography in which she made an astonishing claim. She said she had been kidnapped from her family home in Colombia at the age of five and abandoned in the jungle, where she was taken in and raised by a group of capuchin monkeys. Instead of just smiling and nodding politely, like many of the Breakfast TV interviewers did, National Geographic made Woman Raised By Monkeys, a documentary in which their cameras accompanied Marina on a trip to Colombia and attempted to investigate the veracity of her claims.

After Victoria Beckham tweeted how much she likes an Anthropologie hand cream, the store has a bit of a celebration

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A recommendation from Victoria Beckham has got to be like gold dust for any brand. So no doubt after her recent tweet – "Obsessed with this hand cream… Fragrance is amazing! X" – about a certain $20 lotion, the good folk at Anthropologie (the store where she bought it) and Royal Apothic (the brand of cream in question) had a bit of a celebration.

Terence Blacker: Who needs happiness? Not the Boss

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Awe therapy could 'improve our mental health and make us nicer'

A jaw-dropping moment really can make time appear to stand still - or at least slow down, new research suggests.

The Weekend's Viewing: Louis Theroux: Twilight of the Porn Stars, Sun, BBC2
A Ventriloquist's Story: Her Master's Voice, Sun, BBC4

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Last night's viewing - I Woke Up Gay, BBC3; Meet the Romans with Mary Beard, BBC2

Ystrad Mynach in south Wales isn't a big place but even so I doubt that Chris Birch is the only gay in the village. He may well be the only gay in the village who thinks he got that way by accident, though. After rolling head first down a grassy slope, Chris had a minor stroke. When he came round, he claims, he immediately knew that he was different. Gone was the rugby-loving hetero bloke he had been. In his place was a young man with an eye for the lads and a strong interest in hair-care products. "My life changed at the bottom of that hill," said Chris, when he revisited the fateful incline for the cameras. Sadly, although tabloid newspapers have been eagerly trusting of Chris's account, others (including his current boyfriend) are a bit more sceptical. They believe that Chris did a forward roll out of a state of denial.

Professor John Rex: Noted scholar of race relations

Professor John Rex was a leading figure in British sociology, chairing departments at various universities and founding two, at Durham and Warwick. A leading scholar in the field of race or ethnic relations in the UK, he participated in comparative and collaborative studies on the topic in Europe and elsewhere and was well-known internationally for his work in this area, and as a theorist of social conflict.

The Train in the Night, By Nick Coleman

Grown-ups sit round dinner tables and actually discuss which would be worse to lose: sight or hearing? Can they see themselves? Can they hear themselves? Nick Coleman wasn't given the choice. He plonked down two cups of tea, put his head back on the pillow and pffffff, one ear went permanently offline. A man whose life had been devoted to the perfect, affective order we impose on sound, making some music himself but mostly listening and reporting from its frontlines, was suddenly, brutally returned to what William James called a "blooming, buzzing confusion". Coleman's head was invaded by a noise like a half-blown amplifier or the sound you used to get for three days after a Man gig. Welcome to tinnitus hell.

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Male sex drive is at the root of most conflict in the world, from football violence to wars, scientists claim.

Male sex drive causes hostility

Male sex drive is at the root of most conflict in the world, from football violence to world wars, scientists have claimed.

Far from falling behind, mature postgraduates tend to be more focused

Real late starter: age is no obstacle if you're motivated

Mature students often worry that they're too old to make the grade, but their zeal and dedication can give them an edge over their younger peers

Leading article: There ought not to be a question over gay marriage

Gay marriage simply ought not to be a matter of political controversy in a civilised society in the 21st century.

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