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'One of its most notable contributors was in Broadmoor'

Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Fields (Wheat Fields)'

Did Vincent van Gogh commit suicide or was Dutch painter killed by an acquaintance?

Research experts reject claim in biography that artist was murdered by 16-year-old schoolboy

One Leicester Street

On the Menu: Sweetbreads at One Leicester Street; hummus; Quintessentially vodka; East End Feast; Urban Night Feast

This week I've been eating...sweetbreads at One Leicester Street

Godfrey Bloom, shown here about to be excluded from the European parliament for shouting

Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom insists that "Bongo Bongo Land" simply means land of the antelope

Unrepentant MEP refuses to back down or apologise over comments that caused storm of protest, insisting there was no racist intent behind phrase

'Most embarrassing Fox News interview ever' sends Reza Aslan's biography of Jesus to number 1 in the Amazon book charts

A respected academic, who just happens to be Muslim, was challenged by a Fox News anchor as to why he was qualified to write about Christ

A USB 'dongle'

Er, What is a dongle? A brief guide to the latest techno-lingo

If you know already, well done. If not, read on to find out about the gizmo with the silly name

Book review: Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš, By Mark Thompson

This shape-shifting master from the faultlines of Europe found meaning in the chaos of war

Hawking continues to work despite needing round the clock nursing care

In his own words: Stephen Hawking to publish 'witty and candid account' of private life

New technology helped him to produce the manuscript without assistance, say publishers

Wikipedia announces open initiatives: 'We're a startup in stealth mode'

Wikipedia wants you: 'We're a startup in stealth mode', says Jimmy Wales as he plans to open data to all

Changes include a simplified user interface and a better-publicised API to attract developers

Members of broadcast media give live reports across St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London

Royal baby: Your guide to TV royal pundits

As the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour, there is one group of people for whom the event is, arguably, even more exciting than it is for the actual Royal Family. They are the royal watchers, self-appointed royal experts who'll go without sleep and food to make sure that not a single moment of 24-hour news coverage is unadorned with royal trivia. But who are these brave men and women?

The 'Not the Nine O'Clock News's team (left to right), Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, and Griff Rhys Jones carrying Pamela Stephenson in 1980

Mel Smith, the man who made me howl with laughter

As so many people have said, Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60, was a comedy giant. And his talent was evident – obvious – when I first saw him 40 years ago. I was then trying to make my way in comedy at Cambridge, and he, then president of the slightly loftier Oxford University Dramatic Society, had agreed to take part, rather to amuse himself, I suspect. He was by a mile the best thing in it. Clever, and very, very funny, as he always was subsequently.

Summer listening: Audio books guide

From romance to the Reform Bill, plus an unlikely tale of the road: audio books by Sue Gaisford

Book review: Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959, By David Kynaston

Can this close-up patchwork of social detail explain the forces that moulded postwar history?

My life in food: Lorena Vasquez, master rum blender

'I drink green tea to relax. It's also a great palate cleanser'

Authenticity and artifice militate against each other in Lottie Moggach’s novel

Book review: Kiss Me First, By Lottie Moggach

You can log-off any time you  like, but can you ever leave?

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