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“One thing I have become very sensitive about is this accusation that Conservatives are somehow racist,” Edward de Mesquita, who is standing as a Conservative candidate in West Hampstead, in London, told the Camden New Journal. “Conservatives are not racist. So many of the Conservatives have foreign wives, after all.

Forget flying. This is truly the year of the staycation

The plan was to go to Krakow. But then Iceland's volcanic ash cloud put paid to that. Would the green hills around Hastings make for a poor second choice? Not at all

Blue plaque honour for wartime spy Forest Frederic Edward Yeo-Thomas

The life of a spy whose achievements are the stuff of fiction is to be celebrated today.

Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang (U)

Second time out for the warty child wrangler with magic powers in her walking stick.

Robber gangs target UK war memorials

Heritage groups warn of rise in thefts of metal and statues from Britain's monuments to fallen soldiers

Katy Holland: Woodland to Wonderland: Easter escapes that won't break the bank

Are We There Yet? Spring is in the air and plenty of new family-friendly attractions are opening up

EMI vows not to sell Abbey Road

The ailing music group EMI has vowed not to sell London's Abbey Road, the recording studio made world famous by The Beatles, following months of intense speculation that it could be offloaded.

If you're interested in preserving the environment, English Heritage will train you

I could go on all day about my job," says Clara Turlington, "it's hard not to be enthusiastic about it." It's not often that you hear people speak with such passion about their work, but not everyone gets to hold their morning meetings in stately homes or hike up the highest peaks and be paid for it. York-born Turlington is a trainee on English Heritage's Historic Environment Managers scheme, an experience she describes as "exceptional and unparalleled".

Historic schools gain ally against the bulldozers

Plans to flatten architecturally important sites are frustrated as English Heritage steps in to grant them listed-building status

'Cathedral of Middlesex' saved from ruin

English Heritage is stepping in to prevent the dereliction of the medieval Harmondsworth Great Barn lauded by Sir John Betjeman

Best of the stones: The ancient structures at Stonehenge are truly rocks of ages

You know Stonehenge, of course: a haunting silhouette from the past that stands gaunt and defiant on the chalky grassland of Wiltshire, just where the busy A303 and A344 meet. This inspirational stone circle, a triumph of the human spirit, was bequeathed millennia ago. It is now protected by English Heritage and forms part of a Unesco World Heritage Site.

MoD bolsters arsenal with 265-year-old salvaged guns

Treasure-hunters sell two bronze cannons recovered from sunken RN warship

English Heritage to sell off historic house at £5m loss

Falling property prices force the taxpayer to foot the bill for a multimillion-pound 'heritage deficit'

Judge clears way for 'blot on the landscape'

Objections to a 43-storey residential block on London’s South Bank were thrown out by a High Court Judge today.

Take a closer look at Britain's heritage

A street in Brighton will host the launch of Heritage Open Days 2009, Britain’s biggest and most diverse celebration of architecture, history and culture.

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