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The aperitif is back, the aperitif is in. At Simon Rogan's joint in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, a guy in a bomber jacket breaks off a conversation with his date, "I'll have Just a Splash – that cocktail with Aperol and Prosecco," he says to the barman.

Rafael Seligmann, publisher of 'Jewish Voice from Germany', is adamant the history of Nazi Germany should not overshadow changes in Jewish life since the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Rafael Seligmann, publisher of 'Jewish Voice from Germany', is adamant the history of Nazi Germany should not overshadow changes in Jewish life since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Rafael Seligmann: 'I didn't want Hitler to have the last word'

He lost family in the Holocaust, but one German Jew is fighting back, in print

Book Of A Lifetime: Clarissa, By Samuel Richardson

No one evokes the feeling of being trapped like an 18th-century author. The smallness of the city, the difficulties of transport and communication as compared to now, meant that one obsession, one place, could take over your life. They say that Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones' created earthquakes on its publication in 1749 – if so, then 'Clarissa' should have inspired a volcano. It is a novel simmering with anger.

Archie Bland: We love a political thriller – if it doesn't need subtitles

It's an election that ought to be a blockbuster. It stars an ailing incumbent with a beautiful wife, swept into office by a wave of popular enthusiasm but now brought low by economic crisis despite his foreign policy victories. Even though his weakness presents a vast political opportunity, circumstance and skulduggery have forced the opposition to lurch between preferred candidates, none of them quite ticking all the boxes in a way that would bring them decisively to power. And so, as the race really begins in earnest, it's simply too close to call.

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Archie Bland: We love a political thriller – if it doesn't need subtitles

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Fears grow for pensioner missing in Lanzarote

The search is continuing for a British pensioner who vanished during a trip to the Canary Islands.

English test challenge dismissed

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge to a new immigration rule requiring people to be able to speak English before coming to the UK to live with their spouse.

New leaf: Sylvia Beach Whitman plans to keep the shop in the Rue Bûcherie as her father wanted it

A glorious chapter ends on the Left Bank

George Whitman, who has died aged 98, used his Paris enclave to host literary giants and feed the dreams of aspiring writers

Life-enhancing: Berthoud's expressive face enlivened everything he did

Professor Jacques Berthoud: Scholar of English and French lauded for his inspired teaching

Despite the storm clouds of apartheid, an intellectual and cultural cross-traffic between Britain and South Africa flourished in adversity. One of the castaways was Jacques Berthoud, who arrived here in 1967. His coming, to teach first at the University of Southampton and then in 1979, as Professor of English and Related Literature, at York, had an electrifying effect on both universities. But it spread far beyond them, as the many students whom he inspired took what they had learned from him, never to be forgotten, and passed it on.

Egypt’s Military Council, led by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, stands accused of suppressing dissent

Censorship row fuels public's fears over Egyptian election

Newspaper article which criticised military ruler is banned

Pakistanis burn Nato and US flags in Multan yesterday in protest at the air strike

Pakistani cable TV blocks BBC over Nato air strike coverage

Pakistani cable operators have pulled BBC World, CNN and other foreign news channels off the air in protest at their coverage of last weekend’s Nato air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan.

Album: Paul Mealora, Tender Light (Decca)

The Royal Wedding afforded young Welsh composer Paul Mealor the kind of global audience that popstars can only dream about, when his motet "Ubi Caritas" formed part of the service.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (28/08/11)

Never one to shirk off, even for bank holidays

China calls reports of Jiang Zemin's death 'pure rumour'

China has dismissed as "pure rumour" reports that retired president Jiang Zemin, who led the country through massive changes after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died.

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