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Author believes desire not to upset royals is reason documents are still under wraps

How We Met Cilla Black And Sir George Martin

Producer and composer Sir George Martin, 72, studied at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1962 he signed the Beatles to EMI, producing every record they made until they disbanded in 1970. With 'Candle in the Wind', Elton John's tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, he achieved his 30th No 1 single, the most of any producer. George lives in Wiltshire with his second wife, Judy; he has four children. Singer and television personality Cilla Black OBE, 54, served her apprenticeship on the Merseyside music scene. Her collaboration with George Martin produced a string of Top 10 hits, including 'Anyone Who Had a Heart'. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and manager, Bobby Willis

Letter: Philip's memorial

YOUR "In the News" article on Prince Philip (9 March) commented: "It is unlikely he will ever have a memorial named after him." He already has - the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

House of Windsor split over new look

Plans to reform the Royal Family led to claims yesterday that Prince Philip is obstructing change, and counter-claims that MPs leaked details of the plan prematurely and embarrassed Buckingham Palace.

White-water affairs

Canoeing is a sport that is not too expensive to take up, and beginners' classes are widely available. So, what are you waiting for?

Secret papers: Pay-TV

Secret papers: Pay-TV

Duke of Edinburgh visiting Western Naval Command in Bombay

The Duke of Edinburgh visiting Western Naval Command in Bombay. Later he

Marriages not made to last

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this year, may be a model of domestic felicity, but as their children have shown, marriage is on the wane.

Dame Kiri strikes a different note

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the soprano, struck a note of discord when she donned a beige trouser suit to collect an honorary Cambridge University degree from the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday.

Cricket: When prattle is better than play

Henry Blofeld on the rainy-day appeal of radio's Test Match Special

Arts: Soul confirming

MUSIC Miracles Royal Albert Hall, London

Schoolboys injured by concrete thrown at coach

A 14-year-old schoolboy was in intensive care last night in Liege, Belgium, after being hit by an 11lb lump of concrete thrown at a coach taking a school party to a skiing trip in Austria.

PASSED/FAILED: David Hempleman-Adams

David Hempleman-Adams, 40, is a chemical company director who sets off on Monday on a 500-mile walk to the North Pole with Norwegian Rune Gjeldnes but without snowmobiles or similar support. If successful, he will be the first person to do the Grand Slam, reaching both Poles unsupported as well as climbing the highest summit on each continent.

It may not figure in the corporate philosophy, but maybe there is a slowly dawning realisation that sport is nothing without dignity

For me the fun of games is the opportunity to observe the splendour and the absurdity of people as they truly are, revealed in their actions and utterances. "Their sort of football will kill the game," Bill Shankly raged after Ajax trounced Liverpool 5-1 in the European Cup.

Queen shares anniversary

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to share their celebrations of 50 years of marriage with 4,000 other couples marking golden wedding anniversaries this year, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.

Get this balloon down - and fast!

Why do you think all these brave men who set out to balloon round the world decide to get back to earth as quickly as they can? You don't really believe it's because an international airline owner can't get over the Atlas mountains, or a state-of-the-art watch company doesn't know what time of day it is. Of course not.
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...