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Friday 14 June 2013
It's easy to overlook how important his stay in Zurich was to Wagner's development. Having fled there in exile following his participation in the failed Dresden Uprising of 1849, the composer would crystallise his ideas of musical drama in the city, through a series of essays, and more concretely in his prodigious output while resident there.
Thursday 06 June 2013
Police in the north of India have arrested three men following the rape of an American female tourist - the latest in a series of sexual assaults on foreign women.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
With what relish Jim Perrin must have written the dateline concluding this idiosyncratic biography: "Ariège, Bastille Day 2012". In Shipton & Tilman, the Pyrenees-based Perrin has ignited some impish Fete Nationale firecrackers of his own to slip under the door of mountaineering's conceit. His aim has been to reclaim these two explorers from an establishment within which "they never truly belonged".
Tuesday 30 April 2013
Overcrowding and culture clashes are the modern Himalayan climbing experience
Friday 22 March 2013
This was a fantasy which told England of their ability when free of real pressure
Friday 25 January 2013
Given his patience and mastery of inner peace, the Dalai Lama has some of the attributes required to be an excellent test cricketer.
Friday 25 January 2013
Fears that the fifth and final one-day international between England and India would not go ahead on Sunday were put to bed as the teams awoke in Dharamsala in perfect cricketing weather.
Monday 07 January 2013
Fashion finds inspiration from the great explorers, discovers Harriet Walker
Thursday 03 January 2013
Irish climber Ian McKeever inspired others to follow their dreams
Wednesday 02 January 2013
The received picture of the 1953 British Everest expedition is of a seamless triumph, to make up for the earlier failures of the 1920s and 1930s. Mick Conefrey's groundbreaking new book reveals how far from seamless it actually was.
Monday 01 October 2012
Japan's pensioners may be celebrated – but they are also creating a 'national crisis'. By David McNeill in Tokyo
Sunday 30 September 2012
I awoke, as usual, with the radio on. I can't get to sleep if it's not, a habit I acquired growing up in Beirut where the BBC World Service would always be on. Lebanon is a place where news really matters and you would often find out who was shooting at you from some calm voice in London before anybody local had worked it out.
Friday 28 September 2012
A young City lawyer, two mountaineering friends and a group of outdoor enthusiasts from the north west were among the 19 people killed in yesterday’s plane crash outside Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
Friday 17 August 2012
Lost horizon at the top of a tower
Saturday 04 August 2012
There are, of course, any number of well-known Olympians. Sir Chris Hoy – who pedalled to a barnstorming fifth gold medal on Thursday – has been a household name since Beijing four years ago. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis became a darling of British sport when she won the world championships in 2009. And as for Bradley Wiggins, he needs no introduction at all. But the most striking aspect of Team GB's performance at London 2012 is the triumph of those who have, until now, laboured far from the limelight.
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