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While politicians agonise over the size of the Government’s debt, one of the most expensive publicly funded projects in recent years is quietly getting under way.

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Michael Goulding: Flower arranger who served the Queen and nine prime ministers

Michael Goulding was a flower arranger to royalty and to nine successive Prime Ministers and their wives, from Macmillan to Major. They were all interested in flowers: Alec Douglas-Home used to rearrange Goulding's flowers when he left the room; Dorothy Macmillan would bring flowers from Birch Grove for Goulding to arrange – when he got them they were often dead. Margaret Thatcher took a great interest in his flowers, and put his name forward for a Queen's Birthday Honours award.

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Police hold 19 for museum thefts

Seventeen men and two women have been arrested in connection with raids on museums and auction houses in which artefacts worth millions of pounds were stolen.

12 of the hoard of rare Chinese artefacts has been stolen from Cambridge University

Countrywide police raids recover stolen museum loot worth millions

Multiple arrests in joint police operation involving 26 forces

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of an attempted burglary at Buckingham Palace

Two men arrested over Buckingham Palace break-in

In a rare breach of royal security a suspected burglar scaled 12 floors while his accomplice waited on street

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Edinburgh Festival 2013 classical review: Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle: Lament for broken-hearted heroines

Tormented like Bartok's Mrs Bluebeard, or bereft like Purcell's Dido, it's been a tough week for the women of opera

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Hated buildings are lined up for Carbuncle Cup

It is the prize no one wants to win. Six architectural firms will be sweating this week as they wait to hear on Friday whether their building has won the 2013 Carbuncle Cup, the award bestowed on Britain's ugliest building.

Archaeologists hope to extract 'somebody terribly important' from Lincoln Castle sarcophagus

The team found a number of skeletons near remains of a previously undiscovered church

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The return of Section 28? This can't be brushed aside as an ‘oversight'

If schools are basing policies on outdated laws, it is very much a problem

Security officials said Mohamed Badie was captured in a flat in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City

Egypt crisis: Police arrest Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohamed Badie in Cairo

Mr Badie and his deputy Khairat el-Shater, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters in June

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Eydie Gorme and husband Steve Lawrence performing together in 1974

Eydie Gormé: Singer who formed a formidable pop partnership with her husband, Steve Lawrence

In the UK, the husband and wife team of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé are best known for a succession of pop hits during the late 1950s and early 60s – but for many years, they were among the leading lounge acts in America and did much to preserve what we now call the Great American Songbook.

The News Matrix: Saturday 10 August 2013

Online travel sites investigated

The News Matrix: Friday 9 August 2013

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