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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

Book review: Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513, By George Goodwin

Five centuries ago, a well-equipped Scots army faced the English. The result shaped our history

Boxing clever: Chris Froome and Sky protect the yellow jersey on Stage 14

The Last Word: The ghosts of Tours past still haunt Chris Froome

If he wins rumours will persist and if he loses then Contador, a convicted cheat, will benefit

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‘Vampire' graveyard? Heads placed between legs of decapitated skeletons found in Poland

Rearrangement indicates ancient execution rituals designed to ensure the dead do not return to life, say archaeologists

Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape

After Youtube ban, Robin Thicke rejects 'ridiculous' claim that 'Blurred Lines' trivialises rape

The singer said he couldn't 'dignify ridiculous criticism with response'

Union support helped Ed Miliband defeat brother David, pictured in 2010

Nothing that Ed Miliband says on union influence on Labour will be enough to silence his many critics - on both sides

Sometimes leaders are trapped without an obvious escape route, as Miliband is now

One to watch: Rainy Milo, singer, 17

One to watch: Rainy Milo, singer, 17

Is this the new Neneh Cherry? Gilles Peterson snapped up her soulful pop song “'Bout You” which she had posted online for his compilation CD.

Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comes into its own on radio

New Sandman: Neil Gaiman returns to Vertigo comics

The Sandman is returning to Vertigo comics under the influence of writer Neil Gaiman.

Harold Bell Lasseter, seen right on a truck in Alice Springs in 1930, after finding nuggets ‘as big as plums’

El Dorado 'found' on Google Earth: Now expedition launched to retrieve legendary Australian gold

In 1929, Harold Bell Lasseter transfixed Australia with a tale of a quartz outcrop in the heart of the continent containing gold nuggets "as thick as plums in a pudding". He had stumbled across the reef, buried beneath sand hills in Western Australia's remote Gibson Desert, he claimed, while prospecting for rubies three decades earlier.

Dolce and Gabbana mined Sicilian mythology for inspiration. Plus, some eye-catching suits

Dolce and Gabbana earn their stripes in Milan

Dolce and Gabbana took to the catwalk just days after a guilty verdict in their tax-evasion case. Fashion editor Alexander Fury reports from Milan on a show full of drama... including a streaker

Teresa Palmer (left) and Nicholas Hoult in Warm Bodies

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

Children living below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from working families struggling on low incomes and falling wages than those whose parents are unemployed, official figures have revealed

Children in working families fall below the poverty line

Children living below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from working families struggling on low incomes and falling wages than those whose parents are unemployed, official figures have revealed.

Trout of order: Waitrose staff refuse to fillet fish for customer... because it was too slippery

Customer told by supervisor that fish was too slippery to fillet

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but using public transport makes you no more likely to catch the flu, according to new research

Blasting a myth: Catching the bus makes you no more likely to catch the flu

Good news for commuters - doctors have suggested that, in spite of popular belief, people who use public transport are no more likely to catch flu than those who drive or cycle.

The French teen zombies coming to steal your heart

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

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