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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

Alexander Fury: Who wants to dress just to impress?

Wear, What, Why, When?

Book review: In the Wolf's Mouth by Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds’s last novel, The Quickening Maze, was a truly superb study in madness and early psychiatric methods, combining the intellectual and the visceral in often startling ways (few will forget his description of the “dismantling” of a deer). In this latest work, he retains that powerful blend and focuses on another kind of madness: the madness of war.

Mae Young, superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers, has died aged 90

Mae Young: Wrestler who showed herself to be as hard as the men and who revelled in her status as a hated 'heel'

Female emancipation has taken many forms, but few as gaudy and violent as the breakthrough largely pioneered by Mae Young, better known as "the Great Mae Young," superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers in the US, who conclusively gave the lie to generalisations about the gentler sex. In sport records are made to be broken, but Young's feat of appearing professionally in eight different decades may never be surpassed.

An Enigma machine at Bletchley Park

Sacked for breaking code of conduct: Rivalry between Bletchley Park charities tumbles out of control

A long-running battle between rival charities promoting the legacy of Britain’s wartime code breakers has degenerated into a bitter dispute which has seen an elderly tour guide sacked and calls for a boycott of Bletchley Park.

Thomas Perkins, who is thought to be worth around $8bn, made the startling comparison in a letter to The Wall Street Journal

Unrepentant Tom Perkins apologises for 'Kristallnacht' remarks but defends war on the rich letter

Billionaire venture capitalist admits Kristallnacht was a "terrible word" to use but defends war on the rich remarks

The sulky schoolboy who became Britain's great wartime leader: Earliest surviving original images of Winston Churchill are released

Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (L) acknowledges the public along with his godson Hudson and British model Cara Delevingne
Protests in Vienna against the Academics' Ball

Thousands join protests in Vienna against Austrian ball for 'far-right'

Freedom Party event welcomed Marine le Pen and 'extremists'

Jeremy Paxman would have 'done better' had he fought in the WW1 trenches

The Newsnight presenter's interview technique could have been even tougher, he says, had be have served in the Armed Forces

March 1974: Hiroo Onoda (2nd left) walking from the jungle where he had hidden since World War II. Onoda has died at the age of 91

Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese soldier to give himself in: “When I surrendered, the past seemed like a dream”

Second Lt. Onoda, who finally surrendered in 1974, has died at the age of 91

Reducing the defence budget is not the end of Britain. It could be part of our rebirth

We have vastly better things to do with the money

Hiroo Onoda: Japanese soldier who refused to surrender for 29 years has died

Army intelligence officer hid in a Philippines jungle until 1974

The oil-storage complex at Inchindown, near Invergordon in Scotland, was built during the Second World War

Now we've heard it all: Acoustic scientists shatter the world record for longest ever echo

Deep inside a complex of secret tunnels in the Highlands stirs a sound which will reverberate through the ages. The world record for the longest echo ever discovered has been shattered by a hidden network of oil storage tanks in Rossshire.

'Amber bomb' in man's pocket sets him on fire

Pensioner suffered third degree burns after mistaking white phosphorus for the stone

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