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For all the cuddly Thomas the Tank Engine nostalgia that surrounds Britain's railway history, it should never be forgotten that this was the story of capitalism in the raw. In the 19th century, fortunes were made but more typically lost and the winners were only too keen to signal their grand ambitions to the world.

Guitar man: Hendrix playing at central London's Marquee Club back in 1967

Exclusive: Jimi Hendrix's experience - the records that inspired a genius

New exhibition of his music collection reveals the influences that made him great

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It divides drinkers, Belvedere - some find it too subtle. But there is much to like in this diamond rye vodka which doesn't go through a final filtration.

The 10 Best vodkas

Whether you’re fixing yourself a strong martini or simply serving it over ice with lime, we’ve got the pure spirit for the job...

Graphic novel: The erotic fiction that put the 'strip' into comic strips

Nearly a century ago, Mafia money bankrolled an explosion of erotic popular fiction, says Arifa Akbar

Hawksmoor: The food is American and trashy… and absolutely delicious

On The Menu: Short ribs, an open book, cool canapés, tomato treats and an ode to bacon

This week I've been eating... Short ribs

Britvic withdrawal blow may cost it £5m

Britvic's withdrawal of its popular Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro children's drinks will cost it up £5m.

The Big Six: Beach clubs in Ibiza

From a chic hangout in a quiet cove to a left-field chill-out bar that aims to channel "the hippy spirit of India in the Eighties"...

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Television fitness trainer Angie Dowds sent girlfriend a text message before committing suicide at Beachy Head

A celebrity fitness trainer sent her girlfriend a text message reading “my heart is broken; my spirit is broken” before leaping to her death from Beachy Head.

For whom the bell tolls: The London Eye's stunning views

London tops expensive cities list

London is the most expensive city for an evening out, a cost comparison of the world's major cities reveals.

Last night's viewing - Britain in a Day, BBC2

Britain in a Day – filmed by the plain people of Britain and assembled by Morgan Matthews – was, in the nature of its construction, a highly miscellaneous portrait of the nation. On Saturday 12 November last year, anyone who wanted to could film what they were up to that day and upload it to YouTube.

Coffee strength can vary enormously

Fresh alert over the dangers of caffeine

Coffee drinkers are woefully ignorant of the dangers lurking in their cup, a new report warns. Consumers should be provided with information about the caffeine content of their takeaway latte or espresso since most are unaware of how it varies in strength from shop to bar or from cup to mug.

Diageo gets the taste for a cocktail with Brazilian spirit

Diageo has taken a further gulp of the growing cocktail sector by buying the spirit used to make the Brazilian drink caipirinha.

Man jailed over unprovoked attack

A 21-year-old man who "wrecked the life of another human being" with one unprovoked punch has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Five arrested on terrorism charges at Chicago Nato summit

One man was arrested on terrorism-related charges and another for possession of explosives, bringing the number of people arrested to five ahead of the NATO summit on Sunday in an alleged plot to target U.S. President Barack re-election headquarters.

What a dish: It all looks great at Hawksworth, Vancouver

Sugar warning for 'healthy drinks'

People are underestimating sugar levels in drinks which are perceived to be "healthy" options, according to new research.

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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