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The new citizenship handbook cuts out benefits advice and trumpets Thatcher’s legacy

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Police in England and Wales recorded 5,911 firearms offences in 2011/12

Police winning battle against inner city gun crime

Firearms offences are 40 per cent down in less than a decade, figures will show

David Tennant to take on 'challenge' of Richard II for Royal Shakespeare Company

David Tennant is to return to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play Richard II, five years after audiences and critics hailed his performance as Hamlet.

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'We agreed that Received Pronunciation is based on public schools, and it became them and us'

Postcard from... Pisa

Italian scientists say they have located the part of the brain that can turn a latin lover into an insanely jealous person or even a stalker.

Anne Hathaway 'to appear in The Taming of the Shrew movie'

The actress, who shares the name of Shakespeare's wife, is reportedly set to star in an adaptation by Abi Morgan

Call off the search for the real Dark Lady. Shakespeare wasn’t Shakespeare. And I’m not me

Even sophisticated readers can forget the difference between literature and life

Hamlet to be performed at of Rose Theatre Bankside for the first time in 400 years

Hamlet will be performed at the Rose Theatre, Bankside for the first time since 1594.

Skills Minister misses slot on Daybreak to talk about preparing young people for work after showing up late

The most basic role of job interviews is turning up on time, hell, even early just to be safe.

How a culinary backwater like Britain became a nation of foodies

You're never quite sure what you'll get with Will Self, but he's right about this

Durning receives one of his many awards, in 2008

Charles Durning: Actor who played nearly 200 film roles

'I was the second man off my barge,' he said of D-Day. 'The first and the third men got killed'

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