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Romeo and charles

We couldn't resist this tale involving the Scottish thespian David Tennant, much feted for his Romeo with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Chatting to one of our reporters at the inaugural conference of the British Shakespeare Association about the sorry status of the bard in schools, Tennant wondered whose responsibility it was to turn things around.

"Who's the minister? Estelle Morris?"

On being informed Charles Clarke was now in charge in England, his face fell and, summoning the best eloquence he could muster from his native West Lothian, he exclaimed: "Oh well, we're fucked in that case."

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