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Where are you now and what can you see? I am at home on a winter morning. It is still dark and the ferry has its lights on as it comes across the water.

Page 3 Profile: William Walker, Battle of Britain pilot

A war hero?

Compagnon de la Libération: Tranape in 2008

Jean Tranape: French war hero who helped fight off the Desert Fox

Jean Tranape was one of the last surviving members of the French Pacific Battalion. They were volunteers from France's Asian colonies who fought and died in Europe and North Africa for lands, notably France and Great Britain, few, if any of them, had ever seen before.

August 12, 2012: Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium

Ceremony delivers a rich feast of British creativity

After 16 days of sporting heroism which made London the centre of the world, the curtain fell on the 30th Olympics last night with a display of exuberant – at times anarchic – revelry that had but one message: Bye world, we hope you as good a time as we did. Now let's dance.

The Saturday Quiz

1. How is Belgian writer Georges Remi (1907-1983) better known?

Diane Arbus, a lookalike and a day at Madame Tussauds

In 1969 the American photographer Diane Arbus took some rare photos of the British Royal Family. Or rather not of the real thing, but of waxwork versions of them. The pictures, taken when Arbus visited Madame Tussauds after hours, will go on show in London for the first time next week.

Diary: 'I want supreme power': Boris Johnson opens up on ambitions

Boris Johnson can get away with things that could finish off a less entertaining politician, as he has shown many times. There is his inconsistency, for instance. If you took some of his public statements at face value, you would assume that to be Mayor of London is the pinnacle of his life's ambition. What else could he have meant when he told The Sun last January: "I really don't see how I can run for Parliament in 2015. Let's kill this. I'm ruling myself out."

Dom Joly: Dressing like Churchill closes doors in Marrakech

In Marrakesh for a couple of days' rest and relaxation I have been catching up on my reading. As well as Tom Watson's Dial M For Murdoch and Martha Gellhorn's Travels with Myself and Another, I am ashamed to say that I succumbed to reading Tom Bower's book about the surprisingly vacuous life of Simon Cowell, Sweet Revenge. One of the stories was about Cowell's being refused entry to a hotel in Antigua because he was wearing a T-shirt. This refusal led him, in a slightly confused fashion, to a meeting with Michael Winner who introduced him to the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, a place I have never visited and never want to.

Aquascutum calls in administrators

Aquascutum, the London Fashion Week label owned by Harold Tillman, has collapsed into administration, putting 250 jobs at risk at the classic British clothing brand.

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Murder!.

Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in Mougins, France

How Picasso won over (some of) the British

Winston Churchill and Evelyn Waugh hated his work, but Picasso provided inspiration for a whole generation of UK artists, as Arifa Akbar discovers at Tate Britain's new exhibition

Newt wants Churchill in White House

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker, is not for prevarication and so his response to a direct question from The Independent last night was yes and immediately. Or at least upon his being inaugurated as President.

Jeremy Irvine stars in Spielberg's War Horse

Heroic animals finally gain the recognition they deserve

Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' features fearless steeds. The IoS's John Houghton-Brown and Omar Shahid pay tribute to other brave beasts

Letters: Thatcher not to blame for loss of jobs

To blame Margaret Thatcher for the loss "of millions of highly skilled manufacturing jobs abroad", as Alan Hinnrichs seeks to do (letters, 17 December), is like blaming King Canute because he could not stop the tide rising.

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Sew your own: Jane Merrick lays open her Clothkits life

Jane Merrick was dressed in ready-to-sew Clothkits throughout her childhood. So when it came to dressing her own daughter, there was one brand she was desperate to track down...

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