PEOPLE: Sweeping change at last emperor's tomb
Pu Yi's ashes were moved to the tomb in the Chinese Dragon Imperial Cemetery, west of Peking, in January from a public columbarium. The tomb of the final emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is marked with a white marble plaque, a mound of stones, plants and a plum tree in blossom.
Work began on an imperial tomb for Pu Yi when he ascended the throne at the age of two in 1908, but stopped when a republic was founded three years later. He spent his last years working as a gardener and writing his autobiography. When Pu Yi died in 1967, at the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution, there was no question of an imperial burial.
o o o
He can't say he wasn't warned. When Senator Al D'Amato of New York started mocking Lance Ito, the judge in the OJ Simpson trial, on a radio show by using a fake Japanese accent, the show's presenter asked him to stop or "wind up on the front page of the Daily News". The senator plunged on, and ended up on several front pages.
Speaking in a voice that bore no resemblance to the Japanese-American judge's eloquent tones, Mr D'Amato said Judge Ito would ``never'' let the Simpson trial, now in its 11th week, end. "Judge Ito loves the limelight. He is making a disgrace of the judicial system, little Judge Ito . . . and then he's going to have a hung jury. Judge Ito will keep us from getting televised for the next year." Mr D'Amato later apologised, saying he was just making fun of the judge's ``pomposity''.
That's some guestlist! Stunning images show huge dynastic wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families which attracted 25,000 guests
Man and woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder victim of Woolwich machete attack, named as Drummer Lee Rigby
'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
Exclusive: Suspect Michael Adebolajo was inspired by cleric banned from UK after urging followers to behead enemies of Islam
Seeing the larger picture: Inspiring images of space
- 1 Pope Francis: Being an atheist is alright as long as you do good
- 2 Man and woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder victim of Woolwich machete attack, named as Drummer Lee Rigby
- 3 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 4 'Something passed underneath us, quite close': Airbus A320 has close encounter with UFO
- 5 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.