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Using astronomical measurements a team from the University of Texas were able to work out the exact date that Monet sat down to paint the sunset above

The Captive Queen, By Alison Weir

Despite the odd blast from nit-picking scholars, Alison Weir deserves the large and loyal popular following for her readable historical biographies. She seems set fair to tow them after her now that she has embarked upon historical novels about the same characters. But I can't help feeling that she has missed the celestial omnibus with The Captive Queen. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) is the most fabulous (literally) of subjects.

Jail for mother who killed her six babies

A 38-year-old woman has been jailed for 15 years for killing six of her newborn babies.

Geoffrey Woolley: 'Times' Letters Editor whose pages helped set Britain's public agenda

For three decades, from the year of the coronation, 1953, until the period of the Falklands conflict in 1982, Geoffrey Woolley was a potent, if unseen and largely unknown, influence on British public life. As Letters Editor of The Times he was the final arbiter of what and whose letters were published, which were afforded prominence as lead-letters, and at what point any long-running, controversial correspondence should be terminated. Fifty and more years ago – before the emergence of The Independent, The Guardian, and the Today programme – letters to The Times played an almost exclusive role in setting the public agenda, and Woolley's judgement was pivotal. Above all he was fair to those with minority or dissenting opinions. Woolley refused to be pressured by anybody – least of all by MPs.

The doctored photo, the missing war medals and the battle of Pegasus Bridge

The museum was built to remember the D-Day dead. Now, reports John Lichfield, it is riven by a family feud

Joan Smith: Salinger dismissed his children – that war generation did

When the author J D Salinger died on Wednesday at the age of 91, his obituaries were as one in crediting him with the invention of teenage angst. His only published novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is regarded as the quintessential expression of adolescent alienation, while his refusal to explain himself intrigued critics.

Conquering Normandy en famille

Normandy provides the perfect location for a family holiday with a difference

Last Post for the heroes of Normandy

Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined veterans yesterday to mark 65 years since the Normandy Landings at one of the last major gatherings of those who fought.

Patrick Mercer: I trust the British people to tell the difference between good and evil

On June 6th 2009, Britain celebrated the 65th anniversary of D-Day – a date which marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy during the Second World War.

Le Havre dispute Manchester United Pogba claim

Le Havre have denied Manchester United's claim that Fifa have cleared Paul Pogba to join the Barclays Premier League champions.

Paddy the pigeon decorated for bravery in fight against Hitler

A war hero decorated for his bravery in the fight against Hitler is finally being honoured by his home town 55 years after his death.

John Lichfield: When a kiss is not just a kiss

Paris Notebook: The <I>bise</I>, and the handshake, are hard-wired into the French psyche

Manchester United issue warning to Le Havre

Manchester United have warned Le Havre they will take action against them unless they stop repeating claims that the Red Devils offered financial inducements to Paul Pogba's family in order to lure the teenager to Old Trafford.

John Lichfield: Our neighbours are now a public menace

The wild boar population of France has increased five-fold in the last 20 years
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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes