1 January 2014: Google Doodle celebrates the New Year with animation of numbers dancing as 2013 is relegated to a dark corner

Happy New Year: Google rings in 2014 with animated Doodle

Search giant rings in the New Year with dancing cartoon of numbers

Beckham’s dreams of becoming a ‘Sir David’ – and the resultant headlines about ‘Britain’s other royal family’ – were all but dashed when the New Year Honours List was finally revealed

Do not arise, Sir Beckham: David misses out on knighthood as Katherine Jenkins appears among the 2014 New Year Honours List surprises

The former England football captain and Olympic ambassador was nowhere to be seen, but the opera singer, DJ Pete Tong and the Queen's gynaecologist were

Ringo Starr will voice the character of Fibonacci Sequins in the anniversary Powerpuff Girls episode

Ringo Starr cast in special episode of The Powerpuff Girls

The Beatles drummer will guest star in a 15th anniversary special next month

Love, Nina, By Nina Stibbe - Paperback review

Nina Stibbe moved to London in 1982 to work as a nanny for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books. In the years following, she wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester, and Love, Nina is the result.

Classical album review: Benjamin Britten, War Requiem – Antonio Pappano (Warner)

Of all the many great works by Britten revisited live and on disc for the centenary of the composer’s birth this month, perhaps none packs the punch of his War Requiem, the words of the Latin Mass for the dead punctuated by the frank front-line poetry of Wilfred Owen.

Isobel Crawley talks to the Dowager Countess about seeing Lady Mary happy again

First look: Downton Abbey episode four - Isobel Crawley upset to see Lady Mary happy

Isobel Crawley admits she found it hard 'to watch Mary come alive again'

The honeymoon is over: Jacques Henri Lartigue's intimate photographs reveal the truth behind his troubled marriage

As a new London exhibition will reveal, the famed French photographer's shots of his bohemian socialite wife lay bare the underlying truths of their tumultuous relationship

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti is to be given a posthumous honour at the Classic Brit Awards - six years after he agreed to accept it.

Luciano Pavarotti to receive posthumous Classic Brit Award

Opera star Luciano Pavarotti is to be given a posthumous honour at the Classic Brit Awards - six years after he agreed to accept it.

Downton Abbey, series four: Lady Mary and her late sister Sybil's husband Tom with their respective children.

Downton Abbey series four broadcast date confirmed

The popular period drama returns Sunday 22 September

Showstopper: Pavarotti sings 'Nessun Dorma'

Pavarotti posthumously tops the charts with lost recording

The first recording made by legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has gone straight to the top of the classical artist album charts six years after he died.

Sophie McShera,as kitchen maid Daisy, enjoys the thrill of the new

Heads Up: Downton Abbey Series 4

Fresh faces, sex, class and period costume ... it's the 'Abbey' habit

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo thanks fans for support while in hospital with pulmonary embolism

The tenor thanked well-wishers for the flood of supportive messages

The News Matrix: Wednesday 10 July 2013

Queen’s groundsman badly injured

The love boat: super yacht where Aristotle Onassis and Maria Calas played out their scandalous affair

Aristotle Onassis's yacht Christina O put up for sale

There are the haves and the have-yachts - and then there are those who can afford £21 million yachts.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness