Alexandra Bastedo was an actress who came to fame as the secret agent Sharron Macready in the television series The Champions, directed by Cyril Frankel, which ran for 30 episodes during the late 1960s. For the last 30 years she had run an animal sanctuary.
A leading toxicologist has said that Alexander the Great may have died after drinking wine made from a poisonous plant that would have cause a slow and painful death
Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site
David Phelan discovers how to survive a Las Vegas trade show
Compared writing poetry to the sex act? May he be turned to dust!
Something to Declare
The South African President’s visit to Brixton in 1996 epitomised a mixed relationship with his nation's former colonial ruler
Adrian Mourby takes in Christmas markets with a gulp of glühwein and a dash of history
Did they play golf in Soviet Russia? If not, then the KGB's idea of burying a secret cache in a bunker on a golf course might seem less slipshod than it did in last night's BBC2 Cold War spy thriller Legacy. After all, how was the KGB to know that British courses are full of perennially useless hackers such as myself who, when bunkered, tends to displace more sand than Lawrence of Arabia charging a Turkish goods train? I'd soon have uncovered it.
Trauma, illness and grim remembrance comprise this memoir collection – and that’s not to mention the genital warts
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Unemployed movie producer John Palermo claims he's satirising Hollywood's underlying prejudices
Nick Clegg’s first words were “I hope you can all hear me”; puzzlingly, since he was speaking through a microphone and there were only a couple of dozen of us in the audience.
Where are you now and what can you see?
The air is crisp and the colours are sharp, making this the perfect time of year to explore the UK’s most spectacular vistas