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Modern times: So, apart from newspapers, arcades, coffee shops, canals, the novel, celebrity culture, and landscaped gardens ... what did those Georgians ever do for us?

From shopping to scandal: What did the Georgians ever do for us? Quite a lot, actually...

A new exhibition shows what was invented during the reigns of Georges I to IV

The winning board at the national Scrabble championship

National Scrabble Championship: The big match won by the playing of a Ukrainian lute (bandura, 86 points)

Being a Scrabble champion is easy. You just need to revise 2,000 words a day

Fire in their bellies: Meet Sussex's traditional bonfire societies

Guy Fawkes? He's got nothing to do with it. Jenny Gilbert meets members of the bonfire societies whose riotous conflagrations pre-date the Gunpowder Plot

Tracey Curtis-Taylor next to the Spirit of Artemis at Goodwood, with Zara Philips alongside

Flying in the slipstream of Lady Mary Heath

In her vintage biplane, Tracey Curtis-Taylor is retracing aviation history

Walthamstow pie-and-mash shop is Grade II listed

A pie-and-mash shop described as “a unique part” of London’s history has been awarded a Grade II listing.

This is the eagle restored to its former glory by archaeology experts after being found buried in London

Roman eagle rises again in London after 2,000 years

Sculpture probably adorned the tomb of an important figure

The House of Commons Transport Committee amended its hearing on transport’s winter-resilience plans due to the storm

St Jude's Day storm: Weather halts conference on how to cope with… the weather

The St Jude storm disrupted a Commons meeting set to hear evidence of how transport copes with bad weather.

Jeremy Paxman: 'When you confront people they will say sorry and take it away'

Litter louts beware, you may get ‘Paxmaned’

Jeremy Paxman’s glowering scorn is not just reserved for politicians. The presenter has a hatred of litter and will not hesitate to confront those he sees dropping rubbish, according to Monday night’s Panorama.

Assume the position: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey

The ladies going hell for leather: 'Downton effect' sees riding side-saddle return with a vengeance

To the Suffragettes, it was a symbol of male domination. But the side-saddle is back in vogue for the first time in several decades. A new, mostly female, generation is reviving the archaic riding style, which is getting a modern makeover in the form of new outfits, known as habits, and saddles. Groups such as the Flying Foxes and A Bit on the Side put on displays to try to dispel the discipline's staid image.

Love thy neighbour? Most British people don’t even know what their names are

British people are becoming increasingly isolated from their local communities with more than half not knowing their neighbours’ first names, a study says.

Louie Ireland, left, 11, takes on Oliver Simons, right, 13, during the youth final

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

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

Power struggle: A new exhibition looks back at the rise of the British Black Panthers

The British Black Panthers brought about a sea-change in attitudes to race in this country. On the eve of a new exhibition charting the rise of the movement, Holly Williams speaks to the old guard – and finds them ready and willing to give a new generation a further education in the struggle for equality

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Architecture needs you! 'Heritage army' enlisted for big survey of England’s 345,000 Grade II listed buildings

English Heritages' annual 'at-risk' survey has found 5,700 listed buildings or sites deemed to be imperilled by neglect or decay, a fall of 131 from the previous year

Scouts follow Girl Guides by offering an alternative to God oath

The Scout Association has launched an alternative godless version of its oath in a bid to be more welcoming to young atheists – but was criticised by some secularists for not going far enough.

Walking just 2.5 hours a week could prevent 37,000 deaths

Almost 37,000 deaths in England could be prevented a year if people walked for just 2.5 hours a week, a study claims.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

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Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

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Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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