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One of the tourist attractions on Germany’s westernmost North Sea island  are garden fences made out of whalebone.

Book review: Lion Heart, By Justin Cartwright

Middle Eastern risk and mystery drive a novel of quests and quandaries

Postcard from... Madrid

A doll in one of the bedrooms in Pineheath house in Harrogate, England. The untouched 40-bedroom house belonged to wealthy Indian-born aristocrats Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji

The 40-room Yorkshire home frozen in time: Eerie abandoned mansion left to rot for THREE decades

Home that was once owned by Indian-born aristocratic friends of the Royal Family is packed with relics from the 1920s

Vintage leather jacket £160, Topman LTD, topman.com

iStyle: Racing certainties

Topman has relaunched its retro LTD range – with  top gear very much the aim, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Adlington receives a pair of gold Jimmy Choos from Mansfield’s mayor, Tony Egginton, in 2008

A symbol of authority or anachronistic bling? Whatever, the Mayor of Mansfield wants his chains back

Opponents say civic jewels should be in a museum and have ordered that they are locked up in council safe

Jay-Z to Jay Z

Jay Z drops it, Martha Lane Fox added it: A salute to the humble hyphen

The poor hyphen. With the news last week that rapper Jay-Z was dropping the hyphen from his name to become simply Jay Z, it becomes the latest diacritical mark to come under sustained pressure from modern usage. We’ve not been this upset since Waterstones boss James Daunt ditched the book chain’s apostrophe.

Museum in China shut over fake artefacts

A museum in northern China has been closed down by local authorities after many of its artefacts were revealed to be fakes.

Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot are all smiles ahead of their quarter-final encounter

Wimbledon 2013: Polish pride at 'white and red Wimbledon'

Any more of this and strawberries and cream will pass for a national dish in Poland. Tomorrow it is the turn of the men to duel for the right to join Agnieszka Radwanska in the Wimbledon semi-finals. No Polish male has ever journeyed so far, indeed for more than two decades from 1986, no Pole appeared in the men's singles at all.

Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hold signs in front of the US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court demolishes Voting Rights Act

President Obama 'deeply disappointed' by ruling

Tailored hirsute: beard 'personalities' Billy Bragg, Brian Blessed, and Stephen Fry

They're chin demand – who’s got 2013’s best beard?

The Beard Liberation Front has named its Hirsute Personalities of the Year

Detail from the Monument to the Martyrs of the Two World Wars, Charleroi

Where's Wallonia?

A travel guide in association with the Belgian Tourist Office

Foreign field: the war cemetry at St Symphorien

Mons: Relics and remembrance

Mons combines modern vitality with nods to its sombre past. By Emily Reynolds

Derelict churches, forgotten homes, and entire villages buried by sand: Stunning images capture the world’s eeriest abandoned locations

Ghost towns, abandoned government headquarters and decomposing train depots – around the world there are still hundreds of these locations, all infected with the sadness of a forgotten former life

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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