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Lee Rigby survived a tour of Afghanistan which left seven of his comrades dead before he returned to what his family believed was the comparative safety of London.

Apology to Beefeater sacked over bullying claims

A Beefeater sacked for allegedly harassing the first female Yeoman Warder has been offered an apology and a financial pay-out, it emerged today.

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Simon Calder: The Circle line - about to spiral out of control

Travel certainties are rare, and mostly negative. Inadvertently sail your yacht into Iranian territorial waters, and you can be sure that the authorities will not point you in the right direction and bid you a cheery farewell. Turn up one minute late for your Ryanair flight, and the ground staff will not give you a knowing wink and usher you on board with a smile.

Leading article: Off with their heads

Even allowing for the fact that change overtakes some institutions earlier than others, the Tower of London seems a particular laggard. It recruited its first female Beefeater only two years ago, designed a special uniform for her and sent her out on parade. Modernising the Beefeater staff was one thing, though; modernising attitudes quite another. Now two Yeoman Warders have been dismissed after an inquiry into harassment. The lady beefeater, it seems, had hardly been in her job two minutes before she was bullied.

Warders sacked after female Beefeater bullying proble

In 1598 Sir John Peyton, the Lieutenant of the Tower of London, declared that some of the Yeoman Warders tasked with guarding prisoners and looking after the crown jewels were “given to drunckeness [sic], disorders and quarrels”. If he were still alive, Sir John could be forgiven for thinking that little has changed in the last 400 years.

Beefeaters accused of bullying first woman warder

The Tower of London's first female Beefeater was allegedly subjected to a bullying campaign by some of her male colleagues, it was revealed today.

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The Art of Film, By Ian Christie

Though John Box may be unfamiliar, he was responsible for one of the most memorable scenes in British cinema. The slow, ominous approach of Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia was largely his creation. So was the memorable sequence in Man for All Seasons of changing seasons viewed from a Tower of London cell.

New British army chief Sir David Richards takes charge

The new professional head of the Army Sir David Richards took charge today, pledging to focus on the military effort in Afghanistan.

Inside Travel: European city cards

Tourism passes can help save money on key attractions and public transport &ndash; but some are better value than others, says Simon Calder

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Michael Williams: Routemasters are just the ticket for hard times

Early in Ken Livingstone's reign as Mayor of London he famously said: "No one but a moron would get rid of the Routemaster." Eventually he had to eat his words as Douglas Scott's icon of the capital creaked to its 50th anniversary and the end of the road. Livingstone saved himself from entire humiliation by retaining two Routemaster tourist routes – No 9 and No 15 – which still ply their way between Harrods and the Tower of London.

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