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Mary Dejevsky: Spirit of Maggie's market lives on

Budapest Notebook: Her visit is immortalised in proudly displayed photographs. Or so it is said

Simon Calder: Cleared for take-off: the recession dividend

For the traveller, one of the more disconcerting sights is to see the lights of a trans-European train retreat into the darkness and the distance just as you arrive on the platform.

Norma, Grange Park Opera, London

Bellini’s ‘Norma’ has one of those plots which can transplant anywhere, any time: wherever a foreign power invades and occupies a country, it fits.

Jane Haining, Scotland's Schindler

Campaigners urge recognition for the missionary who sacrificed her life in Auschwitz to stay with the Jewish children in her care. Jane Merrick reports

Super ants 'on way to Britain' warns study

A new ant which was discovered less than 20 years ago could be on the way to wreak havoc in parks and gardens of Northern Europe including Britain, according to a report published today.

Danube Express: Awaken, not stirred

So sleek and smooth is the new Danube Express from Berlin, even the doyen of night trains, James Bond, would be impressed. Michael Williams reports

Esme Redzepova, Boulevard Nightclub, London

Macedonia's presence in Britain is nowhere near as large as Poland's, but this is their national day, and it looks as if every Macedonian in town has come to see their country's most famous singer, Esme Redzepova, aka Queen of the Gypsies, bring a spectacular and intimate night of showmanship and soul to this R&B, house and hip-hop nightclub. The bouncers have never seen anything like it.

Hungary for Change

Budapest swings between exalting its past and moving too quickly towards a westward-leaning future

Professor Laszlo Peter: Historian of Hungary

In October 1956, during the Hungarian revolution, László Péter, a young historian, entered the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Budapest after the guards had fled. He spent three days looking through and quietly copying secret documents of the AVH, Hungary's dreaded security police. While other students were fighting the Soviet tanks on the streets or printing revolutionary leaflets and newspapers, Péter was doing what he was good at, recording the hitherto inaccessible material for future historians.

Preview: Hungarian film showcase, Curzon Mayfair, London

The Scottish director Kevin Macdonald has vivid memories of his grandfather, Emeric Pressburger. "He was a magical old man when I was growing up. He used to tell stories about his childhood in central Europe, then working in Britain and writing in English. Like a lot of refugees, he had a huge love of Britain and was more British than the British."

Imre Kertész: Memoirs of a survivor

Imre Kertész came back from Auschwitz, endured Stalinism and years of neglect in Hungary – and then won the Nobel Prize. Tibor fischer meets him in Budapest

Royal Festival Hall set to reclaim its status as 'The People's Place'

Sir Simon Rattle, Britain's best-known conductor, once condemned the Royal Festival Hall as the worst major concert arena in Europe. But when it reopens after a £91m refurbishment this summer, Sir Simon will head a cavalcade of musical greats celebrating the lease of life given to the Grade I-listed venue.

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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

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, 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
11 best winter skin treats

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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

Paul Scholes column

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

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
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