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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.

Thatcher back at No 10 for portrait unveiling

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher returned to 10 Downing Street yesterday to attend the unveiling of her portrait.

Amol Rajan: Failing and flailing with Churchill's great speech

Ever since reading Christopher Hitchens' collection of essays, 'Love, Poverty, and War', I have maintained (usually quite forcefully) that Winston Churchill did not in fact read his "We shall fight them on the beaches" speech.

Testing and assessment: We will fail him on the beaches

A computerised system is increasingly being used to mark exam papers. It's a good job Churchill wasn't being examined...

Steve Connor: When ministers have a beef with scientists

Science Notebook: One of Winston Churchill's less famous quotations is that science "should be on tap but not on top"

Griffin: 'I am not a Nazi'

British National Party leader Nick Griffin tonight denied he was a Nazi as he made his controversial first appearance on the BBC's Question Time.

Leading article: Back from the edge

A group of retired military leaders, including the former Chief of Defence Staff, Lord Guthrie, have complained that the good name of the British armed forces has been "hijacked" by extremists. They seem to have the BNP in their sights, but do not name it.

List of alleged BNP members posted on internet

A document apparently listing thousands of British National Party members was posted on the internet today.

Ettie, By Richard Davenport-Hines

Ettie, Lady Desborough, was born the rather plainer Ethel Fane in 1867, although her father was the son of the 11th Earl of Westmorland. Why is she important enough to merit a 450-page biography? It's hard to assess the importance of a society "hostess" figure – Lady Ottoline Morrell is her 20th-century equivalent – because so much of her fame rests on the people she knew, and who directed the times they lived in. Ettie herself didn't have that kind of power.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: A man of war who was an even greater man of peace

Winston Churchill is continually quoted and misquoted, used and abused

Outbreak 1939, Imperial War Museum, London

Seventy years on from the outbreak of the Second World War, the Imperial War Museum remembers a country with little sense of the suffering to come

Churchill felt he was 'sold a pup' of a bomb shelter, letter reveals

While Hitler had a proper shelter, Britain's Cabinet made do with a vulnerable cellar

Denis MacShane: This bill is going to reduce us all in the Commons to poodles

The party leaders have crossed a Rubicon in giving up vital powers

Patrick Kinna: Churchill's wartime secretary

As Winston Churchill's secretary and assistant, Patrick Kinna often found himself at the centre of events during the Second World War. The Kinna family had generations of army service but Patrick, slight of stature and not cut out to follow his four elder brothers into the forces, thought to have a career as a journalist and enlisted in a local secretarial college to acquire shorthand and typing skills, winning the All England Championship for secretarial speeds. He joined Barclays Bank as a clerk while deliberating whether to be a journalist or a skating instructor; he had been training with Belita Jepson-Turner and achieved British gold medal status in ice dancing.

A lover to rival Lord Byron: Amis's ex-girlfriend tells all

Julie Kavanagh, the writer and former girlfriend of the novelist Martin Amis, yesterday lifted the lid on the incestuous love-lives of the literati in a "kiss and tell" memoir which recounts Amis's numerous infidelities.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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