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Item believed to have been cut from stuffed head in Cork mansion safari room

Avenue Foch is home to billionaires including the families of dictators

What the Foch? Plan to redevelop Paris’s richest road into park, shopping mall and council estate

Spectacular proposal brings race to become city's next mayor to life

Anglesey residents fear shale gas speculators will be able to evict them from their homes

Calls to abolish outdated rights for lords of the manor that 'serve no purpose in the 21st century'

The title is a hangover from the feudal era and does not automatically bring with it physical property, but entitlements and duties that would have once been held by a medieval seigneur are often included

The house was designed by David Austin for Sir David McMurtry

Owner of Gloucestershire mansion featured in Sherlock chooses to live in smaller home

Sir David McMurtry hosts charitable events, and fashion and film shoots at the property

One of the 'maskers' on Channel 4's 'Secrets of the Living Doll's

Secrets of the Living Dolls, Channel 4: TV review

A troubling documentaty- not about the masking itself- but about society's obsession with physical perfection and sexual availability

Three's a crowd: Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke in 'Birds of a Feather'

Birds of a Feather, TV review: feathered friends return, but the Essex jokes no longer work

Thatcherite Essex was culturally relevant when 'Birds of a Feather' first aired, but after ten series of 'TOWIE' the milieu has become a cartoon parody

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

A portrait of Tony Blair – and zealotry

A painting of the former PM for the National Portrait Gallery tells us much about him

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder says he is focused on achieving promotion

Simon Hart: Chris Wilder granted the time to have Oxford dreaming of old glories

Life beyond the Premier League: In five years they have risen from the Conference to top of League Two

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

The Hobbit: How much would you have to pay to own Smaug's home?

Features include a throne room, plenty of storage and a handy back door

The house and grounds

B&B and Beyond: Pauntley Court, Gloucestershire

The former home of Dick Whittington combines medieval grandeur with modern comforts, says Matthew Bell

Review: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, By Sebastian Faulks

What’s the point of this book? If it’s to introduce a new generation to the joys of P G Wodehouse’s most famous creations, then just sling one of the originals at them. If it’s a tribute to the Jeeves and Wooster writer then it’s a rather feeble one, to be honest. Faulks states in his Author’s Note that he doesn’t want to imitate or satirise, but Jeeves and the Wedding Bells certainly does imitate and verges on spoofing Wodehouse’s work at times.

Restaurant review: Tooting's jolly new diner Meza is a real find for foodies

Meza, 70 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London

The 10 Best British spas

Pamper yourself into blissful oblivion before the festive season arrives in this selection of the finest spas in the country

Back to School: A visit to Aston Manor in Birmingham

'I understand what life is about now'

Liam Fox was last year ordered to repay £3,000 of expenses

MPs expenses: Liam Fox submits claim for 3p to cover a 100-metre car trip

Former defence secretary Liam Fox successfully claimed 3p of taxpayers’ cash for a car journey of fewer than 100 metres, expenses documents show.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee