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Where can a full and frank porn talk go aside from one person decreeing that the other cannot have the sexual outlet they rely on?

Guatemalan tomb reveals evidence of child sacrifice

A team of American archaeologists excavating in the Guatamalan jungle beneath an ancient Maya pyramid have discovered a royal tomb, filled with colourful 1,600-year-old Mayan artefacts and the bones of as many as six children, possible victims of human sacrifice.

EU regulators fine baths cartel €622m

European competition watchdogs fined 17 bathroom fittings companies a total of €622m ($835m) yesterday for fixing prices, but five of them received lower penalties because of the economic crisis.

The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The potter fired by treasured memories

Lucienne Day: Textile designer whose work brightened up Fifties Britain

It is rare for a textile designer to achieve a high public profile. Lucienne Day, whose vibrant printed patterns revitalised British homes during the 1950s, was the exception.

Tom Sutcliffe: The very model of a modern museum

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Tom Sutcliffe: How to bring death to life

You wait for years for a good corpse-sniffing description to come along and then two arrive at once. Just one would have startled me, frankly, and did.... when Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs has one of its characters, at the funeral service for a close relative, climb into the coffin in her grief. "I curled in against him", Moore writes, "...panting shallowly, as I hardly dared to breathe, dreading some stench or other. But one had to breathe. His smell at first seemed a chemical one, like the field fertilizer used by the agribiz farms. Field fertilizer! You could not make up stuff like that!" To be frank, Moore lost me when she had the character close the lid and travel with the body in the back of the hearse all the way to the cemetery. You have to make up stuff like that. But there was something piercingly true about that brief fear of the wrong odour, and its sense of the mixed feelings that the body of a loved person can generate. And then, just casually browsing through Kelly Link's collection of stories Pretty Monsters, I came across this – in a story about a young boy whose girlfriend Bethany has died suddenly. Somewhat self-consciously (he thinks of himself as a poet in the making) he makes his last farewells at the funeral parlour: "He bent over and kissed Bethany's forehead, breathing in. She smelled like a new car." So, field fertilizer or new car? I'd like to be able to adjudicate for you – but on the only occasion I've bent over a coffin myself I didn't breathe in, for exactly the same reasons that Moore's character tried not to.

Henry Rothschild: Collector who occupied a central place in British crafts and design

Henry Rothschild was a hugely influential figure in British crafts and design. Primavera, the shop he founded in London, showcased pottery, glass and textiles by contemporary craftspeople that might not otherwise have found an audience. He also collected ceramics, staging exhibitions and liaising with gallerists, later donating much of his collection to public institutions.

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Close-up: Tamsin van Essen

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The £850,000 bet that paid off for Knoydart

A decade ago the residents of this Scottish outpost bought out their absentee landlords and took control of their own destiny. Their lives have been transformed. Jonathan Brown reports from Knoydart

Vivien Swan: Expert on Roman pottery and military supply systems

Vivien Swan was an internationally acknowledged expert in the study of Roman pottery. Early retirement from the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England allowed her the time to make a series of studies, particularly in northern Britain and on the Lower Danube, which revolutionised our understanding of the significance of ceramics in establishing ethnic identity and origins and in working out how military supply systems operated. This work established her international reputation.

Deborah Orr: We despise the poor, but not the rich

Sparing a generation from poverty would cost a fraction of the bank bailout

Peter York: The luxury brand that lost its cool

Wedgwood survived many near-deaths by innovation in design and manufacturing

Archaeologists in Peru unearth ancient city

Researchers digging at the Cerro Patapo archeological site in northern Peru have discovered the ruins of an entire city, which may provide the "missing link" between two ancient cultures, investigators said yesterday.

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