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Gimme some sugar, baby

Chocolate bonbons all round on the US' Sweetest Day. Launched by confectioners (you don't say) in 1921, the day's traditional celebrations mainly involve Midwesterners giving loved ones sweets, flowers and cards.


Free and uneasy

What do you mean, you're not qualified? The UK's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg criticised laws allowing unqualified teachers to teach in its state-funded "free schools". Political argy-bargy ensued.


A Fine Romance

One for sex and relationships teachers: a British survey found that 86 per cent of people thought being in love was the most important reason for getting married. Only 6 per cent said money brought happiness.


Talented Mr Shrigley

Cartoons by David Shrigley were among the works on display at the Turner Prize exhibition, which opened this week in Londonderry, Northern Ireland - for the first time outside England.


Right Royal knees-up

By George, it's official now. The newest addition to the Royal Family, future king Prince George, was christened at St James's Palace in London. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby did the honours.


Farewell to arms

Against a backdrop of the ongoing civil war in Syria, United Nations Disarmament Week started today. The initiative "highlights the danger of the arms race" and promotes public understanding of the need to end it.


Breaking up

Schools in the UK and other countries break up for the half-term holidays after a long stint at the chalkface. Staff can look forward to Halloween parties, stiff drinks and putting their feet up in front of Breaking Bad.




Back of the net

It won't have escaped the notice of football fans that today is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the world's first football association in London. A gala dinner tonight caps a year's worth of celebrations.


Watch the Birdie

There's nothing like sending a small ball into a little hole via an ornamental bridge bearing a gnome, so the World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings, UK, promise to be a delight. Mind that windmill...


Cold War reheated

The world breathed a sigh of relief on this day in 1962 when the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. Nuclear war was averted when Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev shipped his weapons back to the Soviet Union.


A chilly business

As Greenpeace protesters face piracy charges in Russia, environmentalists, industrialists and politicians at the Poles Apart conference in London will discuss how to open up the Arctic and Antarctica to business.


Star man

Rock legend David Bowie is among the nominees for the Mercury Music Prize, due to be awarded today. His album The Next Day is up against offerings by Foals, Jake Bugg, Laura Marling and others.


Spooky stuff

Yes, we know it's become too commercial and supermarkets are now a no-go area for anyone with an aversion to skeleton costumes. However, Halloween can still be fun. If you like spray-on spiderwebs.


Spirited away

Today is All Saints' Day, when Catholics tend the graves of their dead relatives. It is also the Mexican Day of the Dead, when people build shrines at home to their departed loved ones, often featuring skulls.

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