Voices

The  story of a primary-school teacher, Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and wounded during the Easter 1916 uprising, has rightly caught the eye of Dublin journalists

Trafalgar Square hosts Easter Passion play

Biblical scenes unfolded in Trafalgar Square today as thousands of people gathered to watch a recreation of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection.

Britain set for April showers and strong winds over the Easter holiday

Britain is braced for traditional April showers over the Easter holiday as rain and strong winds are predicted.

In pictures: Easter traditions from across the globe

As Easter draws closer, here are some of the globe's best Easter traditions, compiled by us and Vyke mobile users around the world. From water-fights in Poland to beautiful hand-painted eggs in Germany to Australia's Easter bilby, Easter is certainly an exciting festival across nations.

10.London (Stansted) – 40 miles (km) from central London

Stansted Easter strike called off

Planned strikes by ground staff at Stansted Airport over Easter have been called off after peace talks.

Deborah Ross: A student home for Easter? Check all the smoke alarms

If you ask me: It is very important you lend any university student your Oyster card so he can travel around London free

Government changes advice on buying fuel

After Unite, the union representing 2,000 fuel tanker drivers, ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter, the Government last night changed its advice to drivers.

Asda Giant Belgian Chocolate Egg
£10, asda.com
This creamy 1kg giant has just been named best Easter Egg by the Good Housekeeping Institute

The 10 best Easter eggs

1. Asda Giant Belgian Chocolate Egg

Stansted baggage handlers set to strike at Easter

The GMB union today announced that baggage handlers at Stansted Airport are to strike over Easter in a row over pay.

MyCoolShed shows what you can do if you put your mind to it. £14.99, published end of April by Pavilion, from anovabooks.com
The Cavendish Hotel

A hotel where the bar is so sweet

The chocolate usually appears on the pillows in your hotel room, but at The Cavendish Hotel on London's Jermyn Street it is the hotel room.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesting steelworkers in Paris yesterday

Police tear-gas steelworkers

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesting steelworkers in Paris yesterday.

Kick-start the revision process: Easter A-level courses aren't just for pupils with poor grades

Today, 8 March, is results day for all those pupils who took A-level exams in January. Traditionally this was known as retake results day, as most of the candidates in this mid-winter session were resitting their papers from the previous summer to improve their grades or even achieve at least some pass grades. Nowadays, the clientele for this set of exams has changed enormously, as have their academic ambitions. Many January candidates have been taking early AS and A2 modules for the first time, in each of the sixth form years. Whether their results are good or bad, quite a few then take decisive action before the main June sessions and sign up for one of the many organised revision courses that are run by schools, colleges and tutoring agencies during the Easter holidays.

Nick Easter has signed a new three-year deal

Nick Easter signs new Harlequins contract

Harlequins number eight Nick Easter has signed a new three-year contract that will tie him to Twickenham Stoop for the remainder of his career.

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's image of Whitby's upper harbour, c1880

On the waterfront: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's Whitby

People flock there now for its perfectly picturesque seaside and Rick Stein's fish and chips, yet in Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's day, Whitby was a place of Bram Stoker stories, gambolling urchins and an endlessly photogenic sea.

Shovelton: Ministers liked him for his ability to be both serious and fun

Patrick Shovelton: Senior civil servant and obituarist for 'The Independent'

At one level Patrick Shovelton was the epitome of a conventional British senior civil servant whose education at a top public school and Oxford endowed him with a cut-glass accent. A Royal Artillery officer during the war, he rose to the highest echelons of the civil service and was awarded a CB and CMG. He was married to the daughter of the official historian of the RAF, who was herself a Dame of the British Empire.

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