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But there is no word on whether it will be the final season

Debrett's, modern manners, and ‘phubbing’

A poll released by Debrett's shows that there is a general decline in the nation's social skills and manners - but I tend to disagree

Parks play hardball over softball

Charity softball players are preparing for a legal clash over having to pay to play sport in a royal park.

Kinnear's appointment as Newcastle's director of football sent shock waves through the club

Exclusive: Newcastle United's star talent-spotter Graham Carr on brink as Joe Kinnear sparks walkout at St James' Park

Highly rated chief scout Graham Carr considering position at Newcastle after managing director Derek Llambias quits

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Mike Ashley tightens his control by making Joe Kinnear top man at Newcastle - and weakens Alan Pardew's in the process

Both Alan Pardew and scout Graham Carr must report to new director of football in Newcastle shake-up

Finnegans Wake By James Joyce

No one said it would be easy ...

Trending: There's no such thing as vintage online

There is not as yet an adequate phrase to sum up the feeling of embarrassment and mild existential unease that comes about when you post a link on Twitter or Facebook only to be told that it has, like, been around longer than your gran.

Book of a lifetime: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, By Giorgio Bassani

It is in the nature of many great novels to create worlds of their own, entire ecosystems that may be wildly different from the reader's own experience and are yet so vivid as to become real. The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis is one such.

Being beside the seaside can make us feel better, says new study

Psychological benefits may be the reason why so many people like to be beside the seaside.

Parks act to protect deer food – but shoot them at night

Last week, it was Fenton the dog harassing deer in Richmond Park, London. Now the authorities are having to protect the deer from humans scavenging their food supply for conkers or to revive the Christmas tradition of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Trainers pay £350 to use public parks

A London council is charging personal fitness trainers £350 a year to use its public parks.

Youths face life for boy's murder

Three youths face life sentences after being found guilty today of murdering schoolboy Nicholas Pearton.

Thousands mourn slain Pakistani politician

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral today of a Pakistani politician who was stabbed in London in September in a slaying that set off rioting in his hometown of Karachi.

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