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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

The Great War: EastEnders writer Tony Jordan to pen new five-part First World War drama for BBC One

EastEnders writer Tony Jordan is behind a new series following the fate of two young soldiers in the First World War.

Book of a lifetime: Greenmantle, By John Buchan

I suffered from acute asthma as a child. Until I was 11 or so, there was no effective medication for the ailment, so I spent a fair bit of time off school. Adventure stories, read propped up in bed, provided my escape from tedium, and the spoonfuls of sticky malt I had to swallow to "build me up". I read everything from The Eagle of the Ninth to The Silver Sword to John Buchan's The 39 Steps – but it was another Buchan novel, Greenmantle, that sent me on a lifetime's flight of fantasy.

The Village: Grace (MAXINE PEAKE), John (JOHN SIMM), Young Bert (BILL JONES), Joe (NICO MIRALLEGRO)

TV review: The Village gives viewers – finally – a proper, grown-up period drama

The Weekend's Viewing: The Village, Sun, BBC1 / Doctor Who, Sat, BBC1

Jonathan Winters and Phil Silvers in the film ‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Invisible Ink: No 166 - Tania Rose

When it comes to writing teams, women often get left out of history. Lately the role of Alma Reville has become acknowledged in the creation of Hitchcock's films, but it set me thinking: who else has been overlooked?

Television choices: History proves fertile soil for Moffat's British Heimat

TV pick of the week: The Village

Michael Morpurgo is investigating the state of child literacy

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo writes new play about WW1 Christmas truce

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has written a new play about the Christmas truce of the First World War.

African Odyssey: a horticultural tour of Marrakesh

Ancient royal palaces, fountained courtyards – and the splendour of Yves Saint Laurent's former home: Emma Townshend finds herself swept away by the majesty of Marrakesh's horticultural panorama

Review: Young Titan - The Making of Winston Churchill, By Michael Sheldon

Back when PMs worked their way up

Ripon fears economic blow as Claro barracks closes after a century

The closure of Claro barracks in Ripon will put an end to a military association dating back to before the First World War.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at Hampshire Cricket Club, Eastleigh

It's Goodbye Mr Clegg and Mr Chips: Just some of 200,000 surnames now extinct

Since becoming Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has presided over a widely publicised fall in party membership. But it’s not just the Liberal Democrat grassroots that are in danger of becoming extinct.

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten, left; ex-Newsnight editor Peter Rippon

Lord Patten under fire as 'dysfunctional' BBC faces Savile report

Reams of 'unedifying' internal documents show corporation's 'meltdown'

Striking gold: Royal Mint moves back into Indian market

The Royal Mint is heading back into the world’s biggest gold market after nearly a century’s absence as it announced plans to produce sovereigns in India today.

Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony gets a rare hearing

The composer drew on experiences in the First World War

Dada army: Alan David and Antony Sher in The Captain of Köpenick

Theatre review: The Captain of Köpenick - If you’re going to put on a uniform, make sure it’s not riddled with holes

There's something really wrong here: the whole social system is unjust, our skint protagonist exclaims. A scallywag in tattered boots and a squashed felt hat, Antony Sher's Wilhelm Voigt sounds briefly like an impassioned revolutionary.

In-store entertainment: Jeremy Piven plays Harry Selfridge in ITV1's new drama Mr Selfridge

ITV confirms Mr Selfridge is to return to shop floor for second series

Jeremy Piven is to return to the shopfloor after ITV bosses ordered a further series of drama Mr Selfridge.

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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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