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

Paperback: Visiting Picasso. Notebooks & Letters of Roland Penrose, edited by E Cowling

Describing himself as a "fly" compared with the "mountain" of Picasso, Penrose makes a good Boswell. His endearing description of the artist at play "P picks up dog's bone, pretends to gnaw and then holds it as a continuation of his nose" reveals that the art-play never stopped. In the shadow of the master, there is much amusement to be had from courtiers squabbling for his approval. Bit players in this revealing portrait include Gary Cooper, Alfred Jarry ("understood very little of painting") and the Duke of Edinburgh, shown smiling broadly at a Picasso show in 1960.

Terence Blacker: What's the point of a royal you can't talk to?

A horribly embarrassing incident has occurred at the Chelsea Flower Show: someone has made the terrible mistake of treating a member of the royal family as if he were a normal person. Even making an allowance for the fact that the perpetrator came from Australia, where they have surprising difficulty with the concept of deference to their social superiors, it was a horrendous gaffe.

Richard Ingrams' Week: Our distorted priorities are ruining the economy

The price of food is rocketing up while the price of housing is beginning to rocket down. The strange thing is that both the up and the down are considered to be serious cause for concern.

Prince Philip leaves hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital today following three days' treatment and monitoring for a chest infection.

Dominic Lawson: The only conspiracy over Diana's death was Fayed's bid to manipulate the British public

So there really was a conspiracy surrounding the circumstances of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. That much has finally been made clear at the conclusion of an inquest which has lasted six months and heard evidence from more than 250 witnesses.

No conspiracy, Diana coroner concludes after £10m inquest

The Duke of Edinburgh and MI6 have been cleared of arranging the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed after the coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker said there was not a shred of evidence to support a conspiracy theory.

Briefing: Diana's 'rock' to be quizzed about missing letters

Royal butler Paul Burrell and the princess's sister take to the stand this week. Expect more revelations about spies and views of relationships – with lovers and the palace

D J Taylor: Not such a stuffy stag slaughterer after all

<i>IoS</i> writer salutes our unsung fathers-in-law including Prince Philip

Revealed: The allure of Andalucia

After years of travelling, Chris Stewart found the place he felt most at home - in the remote mountains of Andalucia. Two best-sellers (and one bad-tempered parrot) later, he reveals in his new book the allure of the land of the Moors

Arcelor poised to snub Mittal again

The board of the steel group Arcelor is today expected to announce the rejection of an improved offer from Mittal Steel.

Frank Gallagher: Shameless drunk, thief and... Romantic poet?

David Threlfall to play William Wordsworth in major new TV series by Peter Ackroyd

Leading article: A legacy in pictures

Navy 'using Queen to sell tickets for Trafalgar events'

Royal Family touted as defence chiefs cash in on anniversary of battle with a series of high-rolling occasions to raise funds

Racing: Cape wins the crusade for Hong Kong

Far Eastern challenger moves from fourth to first in four days to give Kinane his fifth win
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game