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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.

The last days of Anne Boleyn

The room is dominated by a four-poster bed. Its velvet covering glows richly red under the light. In a few moments a young man will be interrupted by his sister, 19-year-old Anne Boleyn.

Kennedy declares ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ in West Berlin in 1963

A Berliner in 1963 – but did former US president John F Kennedy once admire Adolf Hitler?

The young JFK praised 'superior' Nordic races during visits to Germany

Full Statement from Ministry of Defence in response to death of Drummer Lee Rigby

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London).

Postcard from... Ubeda

Other than a thick layer of dust covering the furniture, the room looks exactly as it would have done 70 years ago when its occupants fled Paris for the south of France as the Second World War erupted in Europe.

Revealed: Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years

An artwork found in the lost Parisian apartment has sold for almost £1.8 million

Elena Zhidkova (Venus), Daniel Frank (Tannhäuser)

Controversial Nazi-themed staging of Wagner's Tannhäuser pulled because audiences 'forced to seek medical help' after watching

A controversial staging of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser set in a concentration camp during the Holocaust has been cancelled after it proved so shocking some audience-members were forced to seek medical help after watching.

MBA blog: Viewing India through a variety of lenses

As I sit on a train en route to the Taj Mahal, I finally have a moment to reflect on the roller coaster of emotions my fellow classmates and I experienced in Mumbai. On 31 March, a group of 75 London Business School MBA students from over 50 countries landed in Mumbai, India for the Global Business Experience (GBE). 

Burgh outside the British Council headquarters in London

Sir John Burgh: Senior civil servant and leader of the British Council

‘His judgement was excellent,’ Shirley Williams said of him. ‘He rang true on everything’

Banksy, the Dome and curry are three of the things that symbolise the best of England

Curry, the O2 and Banksy – the very best of England: Tourism chiefs have come up with a roster of 101 'must-do' activities

See Naples and die, goes the saying, such was the Italian city's erstwhile fame for beauty and magnificence. Taking inspiration from such sentiments, tourism bosses in England have produced a "bucket list" of 101 things to do and see before you expire – or worse, holiday abroad.

Mozzarella and More, 257 King's Road, Chelsea, London

How Italian do you like your Italian restaurant? Do you enjoy the full theatricals of gesticulating padrone, chequered napery and yard-long pepper grinder? Would you prefer the Milanese chic of L'Anima? How about the small-plates-of-something-from-Liguria connoisseurship of Bocca di Lupo?

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has given his backing to heterosexual couples who want to enter civil partnerships

New Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, backs civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

Justin Welby, the recently enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury, has given his backing to heterosexual couples who want to enter civil partnerships – a right currently restricted to gay and lesbian couples.

The Queen attending Lady Thatcher’s 80th birthday party

Margaret Thatcher and the Queen: The two most powerful women in the world

The Iron Lady’s relationship with Elizabeth II was not as fraught as is often portrayed

Hugh Jackman said he was shaken after a female 'stalker' threw a razor and public hair at him

Close shave for Hugh Jackman as female 'stalker' throws razor and pubic hair at him

Hugh Jackman told press he was “shaken up” after a woman, alleged to have been stalking the actor, burst into his gym and reportedly threw an electric razor containing her pubic hair at him.

The Big Six: Bosphorus beds

From former alcohol warehouses to old Ottoman mansions

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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