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The Belgian frigate has transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of WWI battlefields in Flanders to London for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks.

Out, proud and bowed

Every public outing means a meltdown for some family, somewhere. Hester Lacey reports on the trauma behind the headlines

Book: Mary had a little plan

A House Divided

Opera director's last stand falls flat

Covent Garden crisis: Bernard Haitink resigns over proposal to close for a year in attempt to repair finances

Travel: Take London in your stride

Follow in the leisurely footsteps of Andy Bull and see the City from a different angle, on The Silver Jubilee Walkway trail

Interest in Thistle fades

THE LIST of potential bidders for Thistle Hotels narrowed yesterday when two possible candidates ruled themselves out, writes Nigel Cope.

Confession is good for the goal when late into the Lions' Den

MIKE ROWBOTTOM ON THE SIN OF MISSING THE KICK-OFF

48 hours in the life of London's Docklands

You need a break - and a short cut to the soul of a city. Each week, `The Independent' provides a prescription for the perfect weekend break. This week's subject is London's Docklands, where

Daylight robbery

Bermondsey antiques market used to be repository for stolen goods - and, even with a change in the law, it still has a shady atmosphere

Property: When the minimalist's loft space presents a minor problem

Acacia Avenue is out and the urban loft is in. People with children tend to choose the former's neat privets and net curtains but can minimalism be compatible with children? Ginetta Vedrickas pressed the intercoms of some riverside conversions to find the families behind the stylish facades.

At Home: Get a (shelf) life, and get yourself organised ...

Fitted shelves

Health: At last! The pounds 15 personal trainer

How would you like your own personal fitness expert? Nice idea but strictly for celebrities, thought an out-of-condition Cherrill Hicks. Then she heard about an outfit bringing `personal training to the masses'

The oldest swinger in town

Days out: the Palmer family is uplifted by the hi-tech wizardry of Tower Bridge.

Arts Minister acts on Royal Opera crisis meetin

The Government has called a crisis meeting on the future of the Royal Opera House after its chief executive, Genista McIntosh, resigned on Tuesday after four months in the job, writes Matthew Brace.

Gowrie plans a lottery subsidy for opera

The chairman of the Arts Council, Lord Gowrie, yesterday said that lottery money would soon go towards reducing ticket prices at venues including the Royal Opera House.

Bridges for the city of dreams city

A way to cross the river or a des. res? Jonathan Glancey looks at an exhibition of the bridge as a living space
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?