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From 18th-century caricaturists to Desperate Dan, the art of talking in picture-form has a long and (mostly) distinguished history

Lord North resigned as prime minister in 1782 over his hard-line approach to the war in America

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David Cameron is the first PM blocked by the legislature from embarking on a military adventure

Book review: The Men Who Lost America, By Andrew O'Shaughnessy

A revisionist history saves the good name of Redcoat generals – with lessons for today

A row over the naming of Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh’s city centre, has flushed out two shadowy organisations dedicated to the airborne comma

Grammar: The plucky punctuators fighting against apostrophe catastrophes

Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.

Cyber culture: Can I borrow your Telepod?

Did you know the iPhone was almost called the Telepod and other tech-naming near misses...

Errors and Omissions: When medicine and geology get mixed up in a purple haze

Our peerless pedant reviews the slips from this week's Independent

The Queen sits among members of the Cabinet today, flanked by David Cameron and Nick Clegg

David Cameron welcomes the Queen to Cabinet table

The Queen capped her Diamond Jubilee year by becoming the first monarch to attend the Cabinet in more than two centuries.

Colleagues pay tribute after death of The Tudors actor Simon Ward

One of the last directors to work with Simon Ward has told of the actor's striking professionalism during “gruelling” performances, despite already suffering from health problems.

Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal
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A queen, her lover and John Locke

Two centuries ago, an affair sparked a Danish Enlightenment. Now a film takes up the amazing story.

HRH: she reigns but she does not rule. She is powerless, but her influence is oceanic

The Queen: Majesty and modesty

It is 60 years since she succeeded to the throne – a reign in which her sense of duty and absolute retention of royal mystique has only deepened her subjects’ affection for her.

The Madness of George III, Theatre Royal, Bath

"I am here, but I am not all there." So declares the troubled monarch at the centre of Alan Bennett's play. In Christopher Luscombe's production, a wall of empty frames looms over the stage: this royal family is expert in framing itself for public view. But now, someone has forgotten how.

Name game: The slang system has left Senator Santorum feeling very uneasy

We know about sandwich and cardigan, but santorum? The story of how names pass into common use can be eye-opening.

The Sketch: Four hours is a long time for Prince Philip to behave himself

There must have been a moment or two there where the Duke of Edinburgh had to bite his tongue. Maybe the Queen had had it bitten for him. Maybe she'd asked Barack to bring him as a gift those "fell pony bits and shanks" (this had to be repeated to us hacks three or four times). Maybe he was wearing the bits to stop saying the things he is famous for saying as they showed POTUS and FLOTUS around the displays in the Royal Collection.

Village People: Regency remnant passes

The death of the Earl of Onslow this week has robbed the upper house of one of the last of its shameless eccentrics.

The Liberty Bell, By Gary B Nash

Though two million pay homage to this fissured symbol every year, the Liberty Bell is little known in this country. If we know it at all, we tend to claim that it was "cast in Whitechapel".

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