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In the 1970s the gaps between BBC programmes were often filled not with trailers for forthcoming attractions but with actual short films, giving children a chance to see, among other things, dozens of delightful East European animations. For children around five years old, one of the most popular characters was Zdenek Miler's red-nosed, big-eyed Mole. He starred in around 60 charming films extolling gentle, old-fashioned friendliness, and respect for one's neighbours and the environment, and grew to be a worldwide phenomenon.

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The late Czech dramatist was a hero, but his work is neglected

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Vaclav Havel was a man who transcended his nation and lived many lives. When his death was announced yesterday, his myriad achievements vied with each other for precedence in his legacy. He was a playwright, a cultural luminary, an anti-communist dissident, a human rights campaigner, a political prisoner. He was a peaceful revolutionary who became the first president – and the father – of the land he had inspired to its rebirth. Twice married, he was also reputed to be a great lover.

The Czech Republic pays its respects to Vaclav Havel

Steve Crawshaw: Havel was a giant for Eastern Europe who must be remembered

Steve Crawshaw, who covered the Velvet Revolution for 'The Independent', recalls a leader with rare moral authority

Vaclav Havel in 1989. Two weeks later he was elected first president of the than Czechoslovakia when the state communist system crumbled in the Velvet Revolution

Former Czech leader Vaclav Havel dies age 75

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who turned to politics to help peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia, has died at the age of 75.

Cerny points to his background in Prague, when he experienced the change from communism to democracy, as one reason for his laidback approach

Cerny determined to keep up appearances

Radek Cerny would probably be spending time with his daughters today, if two Queens Park Rangers team-mates had not suffered injuries or the club were allowed to sign an emergency goalkeeper.

Nick Clegg is ruling out the possibility of the Government's new free schools being run for profit

Nick Clegg tells France to stop attacks

France was told by Nick Clegg today to end "simply unacceptable" attacks on the UK economy amid mounting cross-Channel tensions over the eurozone crisis.

Boris Johnson is promoting a £8.30 an hour 'living wage' for Londoners 

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The fallout from the photos of men dressing up as Nazis at a stag party attended by a Tory MP has not gone away. Aidan Burley, the Conservative member for Cannock Chase, has admitted he was wrong, but still holds his post as an aide to the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening.

Britain 'to maintain EU influence'

David Cameron insisted today that Britain's influence in Europe will be maintained despite his dramatic decision to veto treaty changes designed to save the single currency.

Drought traps ships on Danube

The waters on the Danube are so low that 100 loaded ships are stuck near the Hungarian border, blocked by sand bars.

England to face French test at Euro 2012

England will play France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine in the group stage of Euro 2012.

Prague Fatale, By Philip Kerr

How many lives can Bernie Gunther have? The dogged Berlin policeman of Philip Kerr is now enjoying – if that's the word – his eighth. The Gunther books appear out of chronological sequence, but the protagonist remains consistent, stoical, appalled by others and himself, carrying the darkly flaming torch of gallows humour. After South America, Cuba and the US in the 1950s, he's back in the Second World War, this time in the service of the monster Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotector of Bohemia. It is September 1941.

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