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Why 20p in the hand may be worth £300

Firm offers £50 for each coin with mistake but dealers say value will only rise further

Leading article: No courtier, she

In the 341 years since King Charles II appointed John Dryden as his Poet Laureate, the title has passed along an uninterrupted line of men – some very gifted, but too many of them mediocrities, whose only talent was to pay homage to the self-important. In Carol Ann Duffy we now have a Poet Laureate who, as well as being the first woman in the post, and of Scottish working-class stock, has a wonderful way of puncturing egos.

Poet calls for abolition of laureate post

One of the nation's best-loved poets and a favourite to take over as poet laureate has called for the position to be abolished.

The Earl of Lauderdale: Scottish Unionist MP who helped lead the rebellion over the Suez crisis

From 1968, for the next quarter of a century, early every evening when Parliament was sitting, a large, bustling figure – pince-nez quivering, hair flying – would swoop down the corridor from "the Other Place", and through the House of Commons Members' Lobby, through New Palace Yard to Westminster tube station. On his way he would button-hole any acquaintance he met to promote his cause of the moment – something always worthy, usually important, and occasionally barmy. This was Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, 18th Lord Maitland, 17th Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun, 13th Nova Scotia Baronet of Ravelrig, Hereditary Bearer of the National Flag of Scotland by Decrees of the Lord Lyon King of Arms 1790 and 1952, heading home after his working day.

The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, Wilton's, London <br>Imagine This, New London, London<br>Treasure Island, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Scientific inquiry in the 17th century makes great drama, but the Holocaust makes a lousy musical

What did you Puritans ever do for us, Oliver?

Well, there's sexual liberation, personal hygiene, press freedom... On the eve of a new drama about Cromwell and the English Revolution, its writer Peter Flannery tells Lucy Powell we've got the Roundheads all wrong

Forgotten Authors: No 7: Victoria Holt

Stay with me - this gets complicated. Victoria Holt's real name was Eleanor Hibbert (née Burford), born in Kensington, 1906.

Marlborough: England's Fragile Genius, By Richard Holmes

The helter-skelter life of a military hero who deployed his good looks as assiduously as his infantry

Book Extract: Stonehenge by Rosemary Hill

Hill's Stonehenge surveys the endless speculations around this mysterious monument

Nell Gwyn, by Charles Beauclerk

Reheated queen of tarts

The World According To... Lady Antonia Fraser

Lady Antonia Fraser, 72, is a biographer and historian. She lives in London with her husband, Harold Pinter

Lisa Jardine: Astronomy – the key to world power

From a speech at the Royal Society for the Arts by the Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London
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Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

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In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a 'dwarf planet'
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Researchers say a diet of fatty foods could impede smell abilities
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Gillian Anderson was paid less than her male co-star David Duchovny for three years while she was in the The X-Files until she protested and was given the same salary
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Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood

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Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

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A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

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