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What fair access really means, Notebook

What fair access really means

This is nothing if not a radical government. In just 300 days it has transformed the landscape of Higher Education, trebling fees, slashing funding for the arts and ending the historic partnership between the state, the university and the student. This week’s letter from the Office for Fair Access to Universities is another moment on [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 12:28 pm

Why grassroots feminism has its voice on the urban underground, Notebook

Why grassroots feminism has its voice on the urban underground

This week saw the centenary of International Women’s day – a day to document the development of the female experience focusing on both what we’ve achieved, and how far we have yet to achieve. This is a time to focus our gaze inwards to look at the state of young women now. So is [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 10:14 am

Online House Hunter: Saving for a mortgage, Property

Online House Hunter: Saving for a mortgage

Let’s hope it never rains judging by the few people able or willing to save these days. Our Online House Hunter points those squirrelling away for a deposit on their home in the right direction.

By | Property | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 8:03 am

Top 5 European Festivals, Notebook

Top 5 European Festivals

Whether you want to ski down into the action, or roll over from the beach into the crowd – it’d be tough to find anything like this in the UK. From Spain to Austria, we take a look at the best festivals across Europe.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 6:00 am

iBet: Attack is the best form of defence for Tottenham, Sport

iBet: Attack is the best form of defence for Tottenham

Spurs v AC Milan, Champions League, tonight 7.45pm

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Another tremendous Champions League night awaits with Spurs taking on Serie A leaders AC Milan at White Hart Lane. The Spurs team and manager put in an expert performance to beat Milan 1-0 on their home territory, but knowing [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 1:00 am

David Cameron’s ‘diplomatic’ gunboats misfire in India and Libya, The Foreign Desk

David Cameron’s ‘diplomatic’ gunboats misfire in India and Libya

If the Indian government looks as if it’s in a spiral of never-ending crises, come to London (where I am this week) and have a look at Britain’s maladministration headed by David Cameron.
There is the UK’s failed “diplomatic” (actually MI6 spies) mission to woo Libyan rebels, the royal crisis over Prince Andrew’s links with a [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 9:14 pm

A new Iran policy in the new Middle East, Notebook

A new Iran policy in the new Middle East

The tide of change engulfing the Muslim world is getting bigger and more pervasive day by day.  What has happened in less than six weeks in this region has already made it a historical year as a huge geography used to political and social stagnation has been witness to its biggest changes since the [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 5:27 pm

Football or sex? Football please, Sport

Football or sex? Football please

A survey out today suggests that such is the passion for the game in Britain, 54 per cent of football fans would pick football over sex if they had to choose one.
Further proving it’s the action on the pitch rather than the bedroom that matters most, 75 per cent said they would be more disappointed [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 4:33 pm

100 years of International Women’s Day: Still not equal, and some are less equal than others, Notebook

100 years of International Women’s Day: Still not equal, and some are less equal than others

It’s a day to celebrate the progress that women around the world have made in fighting for their rights over the past century.  It’s also a day to look to the century to come, at the challenges that remain for the world’s women, and at those that lie ahead.
Women’s rights remain a major concern in [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 4:28 pm

Leaning forward, falling over, Eagle Eye

Leaning forward, falling over

Jonathan Powell has a good review of Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir, Known and Unknown, in this week’s New Statesman (not online: buy it here). The book adds little to our knowledge, except that in its “wearing” and “relentless” attempt at self-justification, in which “everyone else was to blame for what went wrong”, it confirms Rumsfeld’s responsibility [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 2:26 pm

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