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Where every year is the Year of the Tiger

The art of diary writing

January signals not only the arrival of a new year &ndash; for many, it will also open another chapter of obsessive diary-writing. What drives these solitary scribblers? Tim Walker delves into their secret world

Voices Against War: A Century of Protest, by Lyn Smith

My father had a bad war, but then most pacifists did. He didn't have a very good peace either, as soldiers returned from a victory in which he was only too aware he had played no part.

Boyd Tonkin: Islands of love in a sea of suspicion

The Week In Books

Outbreak 1939, Imperial War Museum, London

Seventy years on from the outbreak of the Second World War, the Imperial War Museum remembers a country with little sense of the suffering to come

Ventriloquist to the troops hangs up his dummy after 70 years

Seven decades after they first took to the stage, the soldier-turned-ventriloquist Walter Huntley and his dummy "Gunner Turner" were the stars of the show for one last time yesterday.

Churchill felt he was 'sold a pup' of a bomb shelter, letter reveals

While Hitler had a proper shelter, Britain's Cabinet made do with a vulnerable cellar

Close-up: Rae Smith

How the most famous horses in theatre gave the set designer a winner

Christmas boredom beaters: top days out with the kids

Sail with Santa across Bristol Harbour or see him swim with sharks at Cheshire Oaks. Simone Kane suggests ways to keep all the family happy over the festive season

Ten ways to enjoy London on a budget

Hannah Bills offers a wealth of ideas for free attractions in and around the capital

Manchester and Liverpool: A different dimension

Manchester and Liverpool comprise a pair of contrasting cities. But they are linked by striking architecture, cultural clout &ndash; and a certain Ship Canal. Simon Calder goes west, slowly

Preview: For Your Eyes Only - Ian Fleming And James Bond, Imperial War Museum, London

The world is not enough for this show

Joan Bakewell: Let's see these soldiers' faces on our stamps

Sometimes an accidental convergence of events delivers an unexpected opportunity and it seems like just the right moment to make a move. Such a moment is now. It concerns art, the military and the Royal Mail. Who would have picked such an incongruous bunch out of the hat? But so it has happened.

Overlord, (15)

This deeply affecting movie, first released in 1975 but almost forgotten, distils the run-up to the Normandy landings of June 1944 into a lyrical, black-and-white dream of stoicism and sacrifice. Stuart Cooper made this docudrama in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum and ace cinematographer John Alcott, who uses period lenses and stock to blend with archive footage of aerial bombardment, blitzed streets and military manoeuvres.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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