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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

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Now is the time for official heroes to come to the aid of the party

NICHOLAS TATE thinks that heroes should be brought back to English history. Pupils need them for a sense of their national past, he said last week. He accused teachers of neglecting Alfred the Great, Nelson, Livingstone and Florence Nightingale, in a conspiracy to stop "the transmission of an established account of the past" and substitute "our brave new world of relativism and deconstruction".

Greeks recoil from the rise of Mimi

Papandreou's plan to instal his wife in parliament has angered his supporters. Andrew Gumbel reports from Athens

Crowning glories may go abroad

For sale: three British Crown frames dating from the coronation of King George I in 1715. Coronation bible of "Mad" King George III also available. Total asking price pounds 1.7m. Might suit avid Royalist or lottery winner with delusions of grandeur

It's a girl - after 200 years of trying

It's a girl - after 200 years of trying

Time running out for rare Bible


LETTER : Commemorating the millennium

From Dr Richard D Ryder


A weighty new biography shows Charles Darwin in a 'chaos of

Lock of Charles I's hair sells for £3,910


Newt 'n' John cannot sing in tune

If there is a British political leader who has something to learn from Gingrich, it is not Major January's flavour of the month is by now not far short of the bozo of the year

Emily's list: a quick Pepys


BOOK REVIEW / The actress, the prince and a comedy of errors: 'Mrs Jordan's Profession' - Claire Tomalin: Viking, 17 pounds

DORA JORDAN was the greatest comic actress of her day. In the mid-1780s, while the majestic Sarah Siddons reigned over British theatre as queen of tragedy, a lively young Irish girl, only six years Siddons's junior and also from a poor acting family, was beginning to attract attention in the north of England; within a very short time, she was equally famous. And while the playwright Richard Sheridan rudely said of Mrs Siddons that he would 'as soon think of making love to the Archbishop of Canterbury', audiences fell instantly in love with Mrs Jordan for her sweet, friendly, bubbly sexiness - and terrific legs. Claire Tomalin's intelligent, finely made and wonderfully readable new biography not only brings to life a remarkable character and unusual talent, but also provides us with a whole rich background of English life and society, the theatre and its workings, the position of women, especially actresses, and (topically enough) the perils of falling in love with a Royal prince.

Sale of historic letters in archive fetches 850,000 pounds: Marianne Macdonald reports on the break-up of an important correspondence collection

ONE of Britain's most important private archives, containing royal letters detailing the madness of George III, Lord Byron's account of his pursuit by Lady Caroline Lamb, and a grovelling note of thanks from George Washington, was broken up yesterday.

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Longest-Serving Monarchs

----------------------------------------------------------------- TOP 10 LONGEST-SERVING MONARCHS ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Victoria (1837-1901). . . . . . . . .64 years 2 George III (1760-1820). . . . . . . .60 3 Henry III (1216-1272). . . . . . . . 56 4 Edward III (1327-1377). . . . . . . .50 5 Elizabeth I (1558-1603). . . . . . . 45 6 Elizabeth II (1952-). . . . . . . . .42 7 Henry VI (1422-1461,1470-1). . . . . 40 8 Henry VIII (1509-1547). . . . . . . .38 9 Egbert (802-839). . . . . . . . . . .37 10 Aethelred II (979-1013,1014-1016). . 36 -----------------------------------------------------------------

Debate that has lasted for centuries: James Fergusson, Obituaries Editor, looks at the controversial history of the epitaph, which has long been subject to scrutiny several reports that the wording of epitaphs has always been subject to scrutiny

THE REV Stephen Brian is no lone voice in his campaign for the straight epitaph, nor has the 20th century any monopoly of graveyard correctness. The subject of graveyard inscriptions has been controversial ever since the language of death changed from Latin to the vernacular.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform