Student

A group of history undergraduates at Warwick are causing controversy by organising their own student-led lectures while their tutors go on strike.

Jailed peers can go back to work

Two disgraced peers who made false expenses claims will be allowed to return to the Lords after Easter, even though they have served prison sentences.

Pair remanded over boy's death

A woman and her partner have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of her four-year-old son.

Ut De Sivola tests Triumph claims

Having hitherto been so weirdly indulged, the jumps schedule was finally menaced by frost overnight.

Concerns raised about 'foetus parties' trend

A midwifery leader has expressed concern about the "commercialisation" of pregnancy and the growing trend for expectant mothers to hold "foetus parties".

The carcass of this deer bears the hallmarks of a killing by a big cat

Will DNA tests solve the mystery of Gloucestershire big cat sightings?

It began with dark mutterings in the local pub, that a strange beast might be stalking the woods around the little village of Woodchester, savaging the local wildlife and frightening local dog walkers.

Dominic Elsworth and Calgary Bay show new year resolution to win the feature handicap at Cheltenham

Calgary Bay rings in new for Knight

Many were unmistakably of the view that a mere hair of the dog could scarcely suffice; still more formed enormous, sallow queues for carbohydrate relief. One way or another, resolutions of abstinence seemed largely to have been deferred among the large crowds here yesterday. In one, hugely popular case, however, the turning over of a new leaf represented the end, not of feasting, but of famine.

The weekend's viewing: The Real Thumbelina, ITV1; Young Apprentice, BBC1

Lovely little girl..." said Zillah Clift's mum fondly, looking at an old photograph of her daughter as a three-year-old. "And then they grow up," she added meaningfully, though in Zillah's case there wasn't a lot of up about it. Now an adult, with a husband of her own, Zillah is still only four foot two inches high, and still obliged to shop for her shoes in the toddler section. Zillah's taste runs to buzz cuts, piercings and black leather – not a look much catered for in under-fives footwear. She pretty much has a choice of pink, pink, glittery pink or pink.

Last Night's Viewing: Life's Too Short, BBC2 - Rev, BBC2

One of the questions you might ask about Life's Too Short, the new comedy from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, is how it would have worked if its central character wasn't a dwarf.

Former Tory peer jailed for expenses fraud

Lord Taylor, once one of the most promising Tory politicians of his generation, was jailed for a year yesterday for defrauding the taxpayer of more than £11,000.

Women 'worst-hit by spending cuts'

Public spending cuts will have a disproportionate impact on women, widening Britain's gender pay gap and increasing other inequalities between the sexes, according to a report.

In Praise of Savagery, By Warwick Cairns

A droll trip with two soul mates

O'Shea sounds note of caution as Quins breach Munster citadel

Amlin Challenge Cup: Munster 12 Harlequins 20

Quins survive Easter red to win in Limerick

Munster 12 Harlequins 20
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