News King Tutankhamun was buried with an upright penis in order to portray him as Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife, new research suggests

The ancient Egyptian pharaoh was buried with an erect penis, no heart and covered in black oils to make him appear as the god Osiris, new study claims

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IT'S BEEN a good week for former journalists. First, `Gorgeous' Gus Macdonald inherits the top transport job as John Prescott moves aside to concentrate on what, in his opaque idiolect, he calls `the coming areas - the urban and rural White Papers, housing and planning'.

Our palaces of kitsch end up as the height of respectability

FOR THE cinema, it's been a slow climb to respectability. Film began as a touring fairground attraction, next to the Fat Lady and the Two-Headed Dwarf. As its buildings got more luxurious, people not only fell in love with the movies, they also fell in love at them. The back row was the prime arena for heavy petting (that is, everything short of insertion), in those Neanderthal days before the pill. Cinema designers, in the more raffish parts of a city, helpfully added "love seats" (paired seats that had no intervening arm-rest). Here, close contact was mandatory.

Architecture: Want to walk on water? Step this way, madam

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The complete guide to the Nile

The River Nile is Egypt's life - it is the source of its fertility and prosperity and the engine of its history. And its tomb- and temple- littered banks tell the story of 5,000 years of civilisation.

Historical Notes: Immortality restored to Tutankhamen

ASKED ABOUT the Curse of the Pharaohs, Howard Carter gave the invariably succinct response: "The answer is spherical and in the plural." Even so, almost 80 years after the opening of the only undisturbed tomb ever to be found in the Valley of the Kings, Carter's great find remains as famous for the doom it supposedly brought down upon its discoverers as for the splendour of its treasures. Ever since the death of Lord Carnarvon, Carter's sponsor, less than five months after he first entered the tomb, it has been a popular superstition that a pharaoh's vengeance can indeed reach out from beyond the grave.

Major Myers' confidential hoard of Egyptian plunder finally goes on show

"WE CRAWLED some 200 yards into the hills along an intricate passage ... bats were in swarms flying into one's face. The floor was strewn feet deep with debris consisting of mummified crocodiles ... the smell of the place was an uncanny one and I wouldn't advise anyone to try it."

The broader picture: Insect glamour

THESE dazzling little water-borne creatures are the most expensive insects in the world. They wallow around their tanks, weighed down by their riches, looking like some- thing from Tutankhamen's tomb. But they are actually examples of the humble caddis worm (or caseworm), the larva of the caddis fly. The insects - which are less than a centimetre long - are famous for warding off predators by means of a protective case which they weave around themselves using stones, shell, bits of wood or leaf, or whatever else happens to be lying around. The larvae can be found in ponds and rivers all over the world, and in quartz-rich areas have sometimes been found coated with crystals.

Why Are They Famous: Paco Rabanne

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Exit wacko Paco

TEARS were shed in the world of fashion when self-proclaimed designer from outer space Paco Rabanne took his bows at his last ever haute couture collection in Paris yesterday.

The low-tech road to fitness

AS I sit here at my mahogany desk with a view over the Bay and the delightful prospect of dinner at my club, in an hour, I am clearly hallucinating.

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