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Starting salaries for top British graduates frozen

Vacancies fall by 5.4%, the biggest drop in six years

Bishops slam Labour's era of 'greed'

A group of bishops branded the Labour government's record "morally corrupt" last night.

Album: Todd Snider, Peace Queer, (CRS)

A brief eight-song cycle exploring the way our world turns us into "winners" and, by extension, warriors.

Bomb, Book and Compass, By Simon Winchester

Joseph Needham initiated and wrote much of one of the most impressive scholarly achievements of modern times: the multi-volume Science and Civilisation in China. Earlier, he shone as a biochemist, and helped set up Unesco. He died in 1995, aged 94. But until now, no biography has appeared.

Bus passenger breaks neck falling off seat

A pensioner broke her neck after falling off her seat on a bus as it turned a corner, police said today.

On the hunt for our missing butterflies

Kieran Falconer joins a Hampshire conservation group trying to reverse crucial habitat damage

Private schools boycott 'meaningless' league tables

Leading independent schools are boycotting A-level and GCSE examination league tables this year, claiming that they have become increasingly "meaningless".

Murtagh under fire after 'unsporting' tactics

The race was devised to bring the world to Chicago, but this time it worked out the other way round. For the 26th running of the Arlington Million, an epic of pragmatism, politics and pride, showed that there is a little bit of this city in everyone.

Cultural Life: Wendy Cope, Poet

State schools consider return to 'O-levels'

A new rival to the GCSE exam designed along the lines of the traditional O-level may soon win backing from exam watchdogs and be taken up by hundreds of state schools.

Lord's prayer: Andrew Adonis on why he still has faith in academies

Despite the hostility to the Government's academies programme, Lord Adonis, the Schools Minister, remains resolutely optimistic. He tells Richard Garner about his plans

Moiqen makes O'Brien Derby trio look mediocre

Down by the saddling boxes here, a pink magnolia sapling is twitching reluctantly into bloom, a gash of colour in the damp, grey tableau. Other trees retain the bare, stricken aspect of midwinter. And, judging by events on the track yesterday, different horses are likewise awakening at a different rate as spring creeps across these islands.

Education diary: What Friends Reunited reveals about our education system

A close friend of the Education Diary has just joined the website Friends Reunited – Facebook for old fogies – and was interested to note what his old school chums were up to. Between the ages of 11 and 16, our friend attended a comprehensive school which, being in close competition with the local grammar school, was effectively a secondary modern. Having done well in his GCSEs, he won a place at said grammar school to study for his A-levels. Surfing on the social-networking website, he has noticed that his friends from the comp entered steady careers in quantity surveying and the like, and had either taken early retirement or been made redundant. His more illustrious grammar-school cronies, meanwhile, had been out and seen the world, and then returned to become something big in the City, or prominent lawyers. This binary divide was the product of the education system of 40 years ago. Would it be any different today? Plus ça change, we say.

Plan to build 'green' homes on pristine downland rejected

A bid by a giant insurance company to build a controversial "ecotown" in unspoilt Hampshire countryside has failed.

'Red': Cookery, cushions, clothes – and current affairs

A decade after its launch, 'Red' magazine is enjoying rising sales. Editor Sam Baker tells Ciar Byrne the secret of its success
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arts + entsMrs Bach had too many kids to write the great man's music, says Julian Lloyd Webber
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New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

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Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities