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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee