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Viollet-le-Duc dominates 19th-century theories of architectural restoration.

Idowu faces fresh tussle with talented Tamgho

Two weeks on from his war of words with Charles van Commenee, Phillips Idowu has another confrontation on his hands. The dispute between the world triple jump champion and the head coach of UK Athletics about the circumstances of Idowu's withdrawal from the European Team Championships has yet to be resolved.

IOC will let CAS settle Games cash dispute

The International Olympic Committee will not intervene further in the financial dispute that has engulfed the London 2012 organisers, the body's president, Jacques Rogge, said yesterday.

BOA seeks verdict in 2012 dispute

The British Olympic Association last night announced it has taken its financial dispute with London 2012 directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to settle.

IOC president Jacques Rogge denied London 2012 logo is 'racist'

IOC president Jacques Rogge is to tell Iran that the London 2012 Olympics logo is not racist.

Police broaden search for missing Swiss twins

Police in Switzerland looking for missing twin girls whose father apparently committed suicide searched Lake Geneva today.

Robert Fisk: A man's life seen through his remarkable possessions

When Edward Nassar asked General Bernard Law Montgomery to sign his autobiography, "Monty" invited the Lebanese collector to his English home. "The front door opened and there was a long corridor in front of me. And there were 20 oil paintings on the wall. And they were all of Montgomery! All 20 of them! There was Montgomery with Eisenhower, Montgomery with Churchill, Montgomery, Montgomery, Montgomery..."

Hugues Cuénod: Immensely versatile Swiss tenor who sang at Glyndebourne for over 30 years

Few singers can boast of a career lasting more than 65 years; Hugues Cuénod was one who could, but the Swiss tenor was in every way an extraordinary artist. Fluent in six languages, he had an unusually wide range of sympathies spanning four centuries, from Dowland, Monteverdi and Bach, to Berg, Honegger and Stravinsky, encompassing every type of vocal music from café chantant to oratorio. Equally at home putting across popular songs with Jane Laquien, as the duo "Bob et Bobette", or singing Satie's Socrate in the salon of the Princesse de Polignac, he had not one but several careers, as concert singer, recitalist, musical-comedy artiste, teacher and as a superb operatic character tenor. These careers overlapped each other, but after the Second World War the character tenor became the most important and successful.

Peter and the wolf cubs

For the Royal Ballet's latest production, the oldest dancer on stage – by several years – is just 20. Rob Sharp reports

Simpson ready for part as leading lady

In the centre of St Austell there is a mural displaying some of the most notable sons and daughters of the Cornish town. Next to images of Daphne du Maurier, Nigel Martyn and John Nettles is one of Jemma Simpson. The 26-year-old has appeared as an extra on Neighbours and been on the set of The Da Vinci Code but it is fair to say that in the wider world beyond the Tamar Bridge, she has yet to make a name for herself as a leading lady.

Philippe Braunschweig: Founder of the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition

The name of Philippe Braunschweig may be less familiar than the name of his creation, but that is a measure of its success. The Prix de Lausanne, which he founded in 1973, has been a major signpost in the career of many great ballet dancers; past winners who have gone on to become international stars include Carlos Acosta, Darcey Bussell and Diana Vishneva.

Foster resigns his seat in Lords over 'non-dom' rules

Lord Foster has pointed out that he is not a nom-domiciled UK resident and has never sought "non-dom" status, his letter setting out his position is here.

Stepmother wins High Court ruling over £1.8m feud

The three children of a wealthy electronics engineer lost a High Court feud with their stepmother today over a £1.8 million cash transfer a few months before his death.

Powell cruises to 100m win in Oslo

Asafa Powell continued his impressive early-season form by cruising to 100 metres victory in 9.72sec at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo last night.

Retro graphics: Why can't today's designers get enough of the past?

Over the years, any number of artists, writers and film-makers have laid out their visions for the future of the world in which they were living. In the late 1940s, in an almost uncanny anticipation of what was to come, George Orwell penned his account of a land blighted by pervasive government surveillance, with the classic novel 1984. In 1981, the director John Carpenter gave us the sci-fi action movie Escape From New York, in which the city had been transformed into one big maximum security prison. And who could forget Prince's worldwide hit "1999", in which "the sky was all purple" and there were "people running everywhere".

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