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When a simple ballpoint just won’t do

Carried by an enthusiastic online community, the fountain pen is rising from near-extinction and enjoying a small but meaningful comeback

Too many teachers have no respect for authority, warns chief schools

The problem is hampering schools’ attempts to improve standards, says Sir Michael Wilshaw

They came, they saw, they conkered: Briton triumphs at World Conker

Despite fierce foreign competition, Sam Masters sees a British triumph at the World Conker Championships

The 50 best back-to-school buys

From Gruffalo pencils to ergonomic rucksacks, Kate Watson-Smyth unpacks the latest kit for the new term

Alf Parish: Trade union negotiator who fought for the printers in an

Alf Parish was one of the print unions' leading negotiators at a time when the industry faced unprecedented challenges. The collapse of the Maxwell empire and Murdoch's moonlight flit to Wapping all occurred on his watch, as did the introduction of new technology across the board. But with the industry in turmoil, Parish, cigar in hand and with acerbic wit, remained a model of calmness.

Israeli soldiers 'shot at children collecting gravel by Gaza border'

The Israeli military has been urged to investigate the recent shootings of at least 12 impoverished Palestinian teenagers and young men collecting gravel in an effort to eke out an income within 800 metres of Gaza’s heavily guarded northern border.