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My Week Gresham College professor Doug McWilliams, whose day job is running the Centre for Economic and Business Research, has a habit in his lectures of dropping in factual nuggets that send a shiver down your spine, And as the theme of the series is how the world has to change under the impact of the biggest-ever economic shock – the rapid rise of Asia – he has lots of material.

Exhibition: alfred the great

A major new exhibition at the Museum of London marks the 1150th anniversary of the birth of Alfred the Great and the 1100th anniversary of his death. Regarded by many historians as "London's forgotten king", displays aim to highlight his role as an international figure and to demonstrate his role in the development of the City of London. Most experts agree that the capital as we know it has grown out of the "new town" that Alfred founded in 886 inside the old Roman city walls. Among the items on display are weapons, coins, jewellery, manuscripts and fine Anglo-Saxon metalwork. If you really want to get in the spirit of "Alfred the Wise", try your hand at Saxon weaving, stone-carving and Saxon cooking.

Roman `yuppie' had Spanish genes

A YOUNG woman who died in Roman Britain more than 1,600 years ago may have been a Spanish noblewoman, according to a genetic analysis of her teeth.

Coffin reveals secret life of a Roman yuppie

The queue to see the remains of a young woman who lived in London is part of a love affair with all things ancient

Roman aristocrat's body found in mud

ARCHAEOLOGISTS WERE yesterday examining the skeleton of a wealthy young Roman girl, whose ornate coffin was opened after 1,600 years buried in the mud under London.

Museum sees money in metro retro

WEDNESDAY'S opening of the first retrospective devoted to the photographer Terence Donovan could be seen as something of a catch for one of the cultural world's better-kept secrets - the Museum of London. The East Ender made his name recording the Swinging Sixties for posterity, with portraits of the likes of Terence Stamp and Julie Christie, before going on to photograph Diana, Princess of Wales and other royals. He died in 1996.

Heads, you win

Charles and Oliver. Cavalier and Roundhead. Monarchist and Republican. The defining opposites of English constitutional history. So what were their spin doctors up to when they commissioned these engravings?

Man has historic bump on head

A FILM EDITOR is trying to find out whether a pronounced bump that gives his head the shape of a German soldier's coalscuttle helmet links him to a woman buried in a tomb in the Orkneys 5,000 years ago.

The 5,000-year-old mystery of a bump on the head

A FILM EDITOR is trying to find out whether a pronounced bump that gives his head the shape of a German soldier's coalscuttle helmet links him to a woman buried 5,000 years ago in a tomb in the Orkneys.

Love and human remains

An old pair of spectacles, a stained waistcoat, a faded love letter... Why do the lifeless artefacts that make up cultural memorabilia have such a hold on the imagination?

Letter: Turn of the year

Sir: Ted Hughes said: "Before us stands yesterday." So it does, but what if we choose to ignore it?

Travel long haul: Something To Declare

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Don't Say You Haven't...

Got some sole... At Sole City: London Shoes from the First to the 21st Century at the Museum of London. The exhibition presents a full range of shoe designs, from both the museum's own collection and from modern designers. It features shoes worn by people such as Emily Pankhurst and Anna Pavlova, as well as highlighting the idiosyncrasies displayed by Charles I's penchant for very long and ornate shoes. It also includes a look into the future of shoe design, and how it will be revolutionised by computers. Modern designers include Manolo Blahnik, Terry de Havilland, Johnny Moke, Hedi Raikamo and Vivienne Westwood.

Style: Shoe stoppers

Shoe jokes have become the standard stock in trade of London Fashion Week, which officially begins today. Who will totter around on ridiculously high heels, moaning quietly, yet smiling through gritted teeth? Who carries a spare pair of Manolo's in their Chanel shopper? People with a shoe fetish, that's who. Fashion is full of them. For this reason, The London Museum has decided to put on an exhibition called "Sole City: London Shoes from the 1st to the 21st Century" which started on Thursday.

Art Market: A genuine dilemma

The purchase of a pounds 300 oak door has caused consternation in the antiques world. One faction believes it is 17th century and worth pounds 500, 000. The other - the V&A - says that's nonsense
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