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

CPC pays £35m for Siddons House

CPC Group, owned by Christian Candy, pictured, has snapped up part of British Land's former HQ close to Regent's Park in London for about £35m. CPC has bought Siddons House from developer Oakmayne Properties and will rent it to wealthy clients.

DVD: Jane Eyre (12)

"You must learn how barren is the life of a sinner," the sadistic headmaster Mr Brocklehurst (Simon McBurney, excellent) exhorts.

The exterior and grounds of Princess Park Manor

The new cast of neighbours: Why the bling brigade is flocking to a former asylum in north London

Princess Park Manor is attracting X Factor stars and C-list celebrities by the luxury-limo load, says Chris Beanland.

Richmond’s detached ‘mansions’ may be in Vince Cable’s sights

Cable's constituents: 'It's just another reason not to vote for him. As if I needed one'

Charlie Cooper talks mansion tax with voters in Richmond

Clifford Norris: "Evil influence" who was a malign presence during the inquiry

Clifford Norris was a major player in the south London drugs trade who reputedly used his contacts and his criminal know-how to keep his son out of the dock for the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Mad, bad and darling to know

Riots and protests by the disaffected poor with the looming spectre of "mob rule", have often troubled MPs and lords at Westminster.

English Romantic poet George Gordon Noel Byron, known as Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) being visited by his muse

Mad, bad and delightful to know: How Lord Byron became a cultural superstar

As Lord Byron takes centre stage in the West End, Boyd Tonkin explains how an outspoken champion of the poor became a cultural superstar.

Album: Air, Le Voyage dans la Lune (Virgin)

Le Voyage... is Georges Melies' 1902 film landmark – the first "sci-fi" film ever. After many years' restoration the only surviving hand-coloured print was shown at Cannes last year and Air were commissioned to compose backing soundtrack music.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to use a new TV series to find the lead for a revival of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Rice and Lloyd Webber: The row resurrected

Their last major music collaboration was in 1976 – and now the two are at daggers drawn over a new reality TV show

Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

Schama, Fellowes, and the 'cultural necrophilia' row that would make Lady Grantham grimace

As Downton Abbey takes US TV by storm, its creator is under attack from America's favourite British historian

Michelle Obama being interviewed on CBS

'I'm not some kind of angry black woman' says Michelle Obama

America's First Lady uses TV interview to hit out at rumours that she's losing Barack friends and alienating Washington's powerful people

The outgoing Mississippi Governor, Harley Barbour, has not explained the 200 pardons

Pardon? Governor sparks outcry by letting off 200 criminals

Rapists and murderers benefit as former Mississippi hardliner has extraordinary conversion

He says: 'Cooking is my passion. I love it and I can never see not being in the kitchens.'

Michael Caines: One-armed banquet

Michael Caines has overcome disability to become Britain's top chef – and still found time to trace the parents who gave him up for adoption

Michael Caines' Gidleigh Park in Devon has been named the best all-round restaurant in Britain by a top guide

Britain's best chef? His name is Michael Caines...

Praise for West Country chef as his restaurant wins industry award for second year in a row

Just like a scene from the movies . . .

Blockbuster movies part-filmed in the UK are expected to boost "location vacation" tourism in 2012. Castle Combe, in Wiltshire, prominent in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, used in The Woman in Black, are two locations hoping for a boom in visitors.

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Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
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Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

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Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

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Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

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