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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Online House Hunter: Magical homes

If I could live anywhere in Britain it would probably be Avebury in Wiltshire.

Video: JK works magic at Potter premiere

Harry Potter's creator, author JK Rowling, struggled with her emotions at the last ever premiere.

Luka And The Fire Of Life, By Salman Rushdie

Twenty years ago, Rushdie wrote the enchanting Haroun and the Sea of Stories for his first son. This fabular children's story, featuring Haroun as older brother to Luka, was Rushdie's gift to his second son on his 12th birthday.

Equestrianism: Williams warms up for Derby defence with Titus triumph

Ahead of his defence of the Hickstead Derby title tomorrow on Skip Two Ramiro, Guy Williams got into the winning habit by triumphing in the Hickstead Master's Challenge yesterday on Titus.

A Pattern of Islands, By Arthur Grimble

You can see why these memoirs of a colonial administrator in the Gilbert & Ellice Islands were a hit in 1952. Vivid and amusing, they transport the reader to the equatorial Pacific of a century ago.

Online House Hunter: Gadget magic

Just occasionally, someone comes up with something in the house-hunting market that is truly innovative.

Asterix creator embroiled in family feud after sacking daughter

One of the funniest and most popular Asterix comic books tells how money and a few carefully chosen words can tear relatives and friends apart.

Wigan hit top thanks to Charnley's magic

Huddersfield 6 Wigan 20

Stamps cast a spell

Wizards and enchanters who have brought magic to millions, from the tales of King Arthur to the million-selling books of CS Lewis, Sir Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling, feature in Magical Realms, a new set of stamps from the Royal Mail.

Kenneth Grant: Writer and occultist who championed Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare

When Aleister Crowley died in 1947 Kenneth Grant became heir apparent of the esoteric magical order Ordo Templis Orientis (OTO). Alongside his artist wife Steffi, Grant was one of few to attend Crowley's funeral service, becoming the last living link with "the Beast", whose work he championed, nurtured and refined for over six decades. From his New Isis Lodge, established in London in 1955, through to his final organisational vehicle, the Typhonian Order, Grant's occult credentials are without parallel.

Of Mutability, By Jo Shapcott

Simple and magical verses on conflicts and contrasts

Dave Hadfield: Some Magic Weekend predictions

Off to Cardiff, then. I’ve checked for snow, floods, hurricanes etc and it seems that we will be able to get there. So that’s the first hurdle out of the way, although holding anything in February will always be a lottery.

Visual enchantment, magic and fairytales

Be transported into a world of magic, fairytales and lost childhood at a new exhibition which opens in Bath next week.

The Big Sleep (PG)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

Travel challenge: Visiting Santa Claus in Finnish Lapland

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a short winter break in Finnish Lapland. Prices are for an early December departure for a family of two adults and one pre-school child.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project