TV picks, Tuesday 21 January
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Wednesday 11 February 2009
Sunday 28 December 2008
A group of bishops branded the Labour government's record "morally corrupt" last night.
Sunday 21 December 2008
A brief eight-song cycle exploring the way our world turns us into "winners" and, by extension, warriors.
Friday 24 October 2008
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.
Thursday 16 October 2008
A pensioner broke her neck after falling off her seat on a bus as it turned a corner, police said today.
Sunday 31 August 2008
Thursday 21 August 2008
Leading independent schools are boycotting A-level and GCSE examination league tables this year, claiming that they have become increasingly "meaningless".
Monday 11 August 2008
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.
Friday 08 August 2008
Saturday 14 June 2008
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.
Thursday 01 May 2008
Monday 21 April 2008
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.
Thursday 17 April 2008
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.
Thursday 03 April 2008
A bid by a giant insurance company to build a controversial "ecotown" in unspoilt Hampshire countryside has failed.
Monday 04 February 2008
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more