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The Whole Day Through, By Patrick Gale

Middle-class melancholia has long been the subject matter of Patrick Gale's fiction. Here he examines a familiar mid-life dilemma: "Did I make the right choice?" Laura Lewis, an accountant in her forties, has returned to Winchester to care for her elderly mother.

'Rent arrears' student wins right to graduate

University threatened to withhold degree if alleged debts were not paid

Twin admits faking identity while on remand

A man pleaded guilty today to attempting to pervert the course of justice by switching identities with his twin brother, causing him to be wrongly released from custody.

Lady Tess Swann: Organist, viola player and wife of Lord Swann

Many readers in Edinburgh will recollect the lovely lady who added to university occasions at which her husband, then Sir Michael Swann FRS, the vice-chancellor, (1965-1973) presided. Even more readers in London and throughout Britain will remember the charming hostess wife of Lord Swann, as he became when he was a hugely respected chairman of the board of governors of the BBC, 1973-1980. But Lady Tess Swann was far from being in her distinguished husband's slipstream. She was a talented musician: a sought-after viola player, and perhaps above all a superb organist, an associate of the Royal College of Organists.

Bigger really is better for A-level students looking for a sixth form

Larger colleges are more likely to achieve better results, research finds

Up with the skylarks on the South Downs

From lofty chalk hills to hushed woods and quiet valleys, Mark Rowe strides out in Britain's newest national park

Simon Dee, the star of the 60s who fell to Earth, dies aged 74

His shows attracted audiences of 18 million, his guests were the cream of entertainment. But fame proved to be a fickle thing ...

Denied a degree – because she hasn't paid her rent

I'm not in arrears, says student bringing legal case against university

Album: Polly and the Billets Doux, Fiction Half-Truths...(Leak Mouse)

Radio 2's changed a lot in recent years, of course, but if you switched it on in the bad old days, a band like Polly and the Billets Doux wouldn't sound out of place.

A half-century of by-election upsets

Previous shock results included:

Earl Haig: Son of Field-Marshal Haig who became a soldier and painter and was a prisoner of war in Colditz

Surely no child can ever have inherited a more difficult silver spoon. George (after his godfather King George V) Alexander (in deference to one godmother, Queen Alexandra) Eugene (in deference to another godfather, the Empress Eugenie, widow of Napoleon III) Douglas Haig was born in a mock Tudor house called Eastcott on the night of 15 March 1918. His mother wrote: "Few babies can have been so welcome. The newspapers acclaimed him and everyone seemed to take a personal pleasure in his arrival. Douglas returned to France the day after, but before he left he received from the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace their majestys' very warm congratulations." The Germans were about to make their last great attack of the First World War, towards Amiens.

Police arrest man after identity switch escape

A man who allegedly escaped from a court after switching identities with his twin brother was back in custody today.

Alfred H. Gordon: Banker who foresaw the 1929 Wall Street Crash and ran the London Marathon at 81

Albert H. Gordon was one of the last surviving American bankers to have been deeply involved in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. He had foreseen some of its disasters and had been invited to join the almost bankrupt firm of Kidder Peabody before he was 30. He was the senior partner by 1931 and a dominant force there for 65 years. He was instrumental in opening the first overseas office, in London in 1956, co-operating with the well-established firm of Cazenove, and its second office in Hong Kong in the same year. Energetic in all his business dealings,he favoured early air travel, thereby often reaching potential clients before his land-travelling rivals.

Letters: Freedom and speed camera technology

When sane men become 'beleaguered motorists'

How to Be a Better Person, By Seb Hunter

Seb Hunter decides – because he thinks he can get a funny book out of it, one suspects – to devote himself to charitable works for two years. He becomes a volunteer at the Kensington branch of the Oxfam shop, a picker-up of litter in Winchester, an entertainer for the old folk at the Thursday Club in Botley, a worker at a drop-in centre for the homeless in Staines, and a friend and campaigner on behalf of a refugee from the so-called Democratic Republic of Congo.

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