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Those who endured Williams’s recent X Factor performance need not fear: this brassy sequel to 2001’s big-band LP Swing When You’re Winning, is actually rather listenable. Not to say it’s great: he’s a karaoke kind of crooner and some of the covers here – such as “I Wanna Be Like You” with Olly Murs – should have remained the preserve of some celebrity charity ball.

That's ours. No, it's not. Who really owns culture? Send them back (2 of 3)

By refusing to return the Marbles, argues Christopher Hitchens, Britain continues to connive at a grotesque act of vandalism

That's ours. No, it's not. Who really owns culture? Keep them here (3 of 3)

The Marbles' `theft' was their salvation - they would be in far worse shape if they had stayed in Greece, says Michael Daley

US flag burnt in mass protests as Clinton arrives

THE CENTRE of Athens erupted in violence last night as US President Bill Clinton arrived in Greece for a 24-hour state visit. Ten-thousand people chanting anti-American slogans and burning American flags converged on the city centre provoking clashes with riot police as the president flew in from Turkey.

Short Breaks: 48 hours in Athens

We all know it is a vile, fume-filled inferno in summer. But by this time of year, Athens has had a change of personality, and the hub of classical civilisation shows a friendlier face.

Books: When irregular verbs can be exciting

Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language by Steven Pinker Weidenfeld pounds 14.99

Obituary: Helen Waterhouse

BEST KNOWN as a meticulous scholar of ancient Greek civilisation who played no small back-room role in wartime intelligence, Helen Waterhouse was one of but a few brilliant women of her day who were able to succeed in combining a full and exciting life and a career of civil and scholastic achievement with raising a family and caring for a distinguished husband. All who knew her and also delighted in the company of the late Professor Sir Ellis Waterhouse (1905-1985) can vouch for the ranking of this last achievement.

Travel: Top Table - Archaeon Geyseis, Athens

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Obituary: Lili Zografou

LILI ZOGRAFOU was a prolific journalist, novelist, dramatist, essayist, and political activist.

Travel: Give me a break: Athens on pounds 250

City to city: pick up a bargain weekend in the Greek capital, but don't go there for the shopping, writes Cathy Packe

Books: The free hoarse men of the Acropolis

Tom Holt, best known for his comic fantasy novels, once penned a witty historical 'trilogy' portraying the Ancient Greeks as vainglorious, argumentative dirt-farmers, with Aristo- phanes as villain. Here he explains the genesis of The Walled Orchard, at last in paperback identity' novelist. He'd prefer to write about two characters alone in the dark. Jan Dalley met himMultiple literary prizewinner David Malouf would hate to be pigeonholed as another 'Australian identity' novelist. He'd prefer to write...

Europe: Widow sheds new light on Greek tragedy

Dimitra Liani, controversial widow of Andreas Papandreou, the late Greek Prime Minister, has apologised for her literary shortcomings in a preview of her keenly awaited and emotional memoirs.

Obituary: Sotiria Bellou

The national standing of the veteran Greek singer Sotiria Bellou might be judged from the announcement by the Greek Minister of Culture following her death that she would be buried at state expense in the celebrities' cemetery of Athens. A much earlier media announcement arguably speaks more eloquently of her status: it dates from early December 1995, from the Onassis Clinic, Athens, where the prime minister Andreas Papandreou had been fighting for his life in intensive care, while his entourage fought to prolong his premiership.

Athens wins 2004 Olympics

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?