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Postcard from... Istanbul

At its peak at the end of the 16th Century, the Ottoman Empire ruled over parts of North Africa, Asia and Europe, even reaching the outskirts of Vienna. Today's Turkey is much smaller but it has not forgotten its imperial past.

The sisters portrayed in a recently identified watercolour

Discontent in 'Brontë country' as Thornton takes on Haworth as the 'true birthplace' of the famous sisters

Ever since the Brontë Parsonage Museum was founded in 1928 the Yorkshire tourism mecca  of Haworth has been a the undisputed capital of "Bronte Country".

Beyoncé had Austrian tabloids up in arms in 2009 after she was accused of sending someone who looked like her to visit the world-famous Albertina museum in Vienna

Celebrity lookalikes: Stars who lost their glow by using imposters

Rod Stewart caused a stir with his recent confession that he sent his road manager to pass his driving test for him in 1967. But Stewart was certainly not the last pop star to send an imposter in his place.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, 1889

Sunflowers wilt: Van Gogh's masterpiece is slowly turning brown as a result of exposure to LED lighting

They are some of his best-known work and the colour yellow was, for Vincent van Gogh, a symbol of happiness. So the idea that any of his series of vivid masterpieces – Sunflowers – is slowly turning brown would surely have been painful to the Dutch painter.

A monochrome licence is £49, around one third the cost of a colour licence

Thousands are still turned on by black and white tellies

When describing purchasers of the latest media gadgetry we speak of the tech-savvy “early adopters” and the more mainstream “late adopters”. But there are also those who still like nothing more than to settle down for the evening in front of the old black and white telly.

Comedy duo admitted to hallowed halls of British Museum

The Gentlemen of Leisure are first comedy act allowed to perform a tour at the London-based museum

Charles Dickens's bedroom at the townhouse where he lived for 2 1/2 years during his twenties. The building is now the Dickens Museum and has just reopened after a $5 million makeover.

Dickens' house opens for Christmas after revamp

The London townhouse where Charles Dickens penned "Oliver Twist" and fathered two of his 10 children has just reopened after a 3.1 million pound ($5 million) facelift as the climax of the bicentenary of his birth.

Fossils of sabre-tooth cat found in Nevada

Researchers say a pair of fossils unearthed in the hills north of Las Vegas belonged to a sabre-toothed cat.

The bust of Nefertiti is now displayed at Altes Museum

Jewish philanthropist lost in the sands of time thanks to the Nazis

A wealthy  patron who funded the excavation of the priceless Nefertiti bust was airbrushed from history. Now, a hundred years after the find, his story is finally being told

The letter in which Napoleon threatened to blow up the Kremlin

'I am going to blow up the Kremlin': Encoded letter from Napoleon sold at auction

A letter sent in 1812 by Napoleon Bonaparte vowing to blow up the Kremlin has sold at auction for more than 10 times its estimated pre-sale price.

Video games in an art gallery? MoMA allows Pac-Man into its hallowed halls

The New York gallery has started a new collection that will ignite the debate as to whether computer games can be called 'art'

The best Christmas gifts for the bookish

Main image: 'Civetti' book ends by Fornasetti, £300, Liberty; 'Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story', £20, Random House; reading glasses by Pedlars, £25.50, Selfridges

“Under the Westway” single was first played by Damon Albarn (pictured) and guitarist Graham Coxon in February

BBC to mark 90 years of broadcasting with composition by Damon Albarn

A composition created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn will be played on every BBC radio station at the same time today to mark 90 years since the corporation's first ever broadcast.

Talks are underway to bring Dad’s Army to the big screen, with a new cast and a novel twist: Captain Mainwaring, played by Arthur Lowe, pictured, could be played by a woman.

Dad's Army the movie - Sitcom writer's agent confirms film adaptation talks and suggests Captain Mainwaring may be cast as a woman

Don’t Panic! Talks are underway to bring Dad’s Army to the big screen, with a new cast and a novel twist - Captain Mainwaring could be played by a woman.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links