News The judge said the family of Fusilier Lee Rigby had shown ‘great dignity’ during the trial

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.

Dance on film adopts a challenging posture

It's been an unusually fatuous week on television, both in drama and current affairs, which may be why Dance for the Camera (BBC2, all week) feels like relief rather than obligation. The Radio Times described it as "a journey along pathways real a nd imaginary", which under normal circumstances would have me getting out the map to look for an alternative route. In fact the series has been full of little shocks of pleasure, precisely because it gives precedence to bodily impulse over rational clari ty.

Lottery sells 7 million dreams in a day

The launch of the National Lottery yesterday was hailed as an outstanding success after 7 million tickets - understood to be more than double the expected number - were bought around Britain in 12 hours.

Happy Anniversary: Brighton breezy

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The view from here: Real passengers know how to behave

There have been many letters claiming that I'm not a real bus-driver. Well, who is? I doubt if any of my colleagues expected to end up in this job. It was just something that happened to them. One minute they were ordinary citizens; next . . . whoosh . . . they were bus-drivers. Now there are all these men and women, doomed, like Hamlet's ghost, to drive up and down, in a bus, forever. And I'm one of them.

Site Unseen: A weekly look at London's hidden gems: The Tower Subway

Just 50 yards from where the tourists steadfastly queue for admittance to the Tower of London stands a monument to Victorian engineering excellence.

Civil War 'skirmish' provokes fresh outbreak of hostilities: Oliver Gillie visits a village 'wounded' by loss of battlefield status

THE OFFICIAL classification of a Civil War engagement at Chalgrove in Oxfordshire as a skirmish, rather than a battle, has annoyed local people and others who believe that it was a turning point in English history.

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Tourist Attractions 1993

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS 1993

Obituary: John Lord

John Govan Lord, television producer and writer: born Rochdale, Lancashire 7 May 1924; married 1953 Alison Megroz (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved), 1972 Karolyn Kennedy; died Montclair, New Jersey 18 May 1994.

National treasures 'cost too much'

The cost of visiting London heritage sites is spiralling out of control, according to a report by the Consumers' Association.

Navy day

HMS Westminster, the Royal Navy's newest and most advanced Type 23 Duke-class frigate, will be commissioned at a ceremony at the Tower of London on Friday. The 4,000-ton ship, built by troubled Tyneside shipbuilder Swan Hunter last November, has already begun trials.

Obituary: Col Sir Thomas Butler

Col Sir Thomas Butler, soldier, died 9 April, aged 83. Awarded the DSO for his courage as company commander in the battle of Mareth, 1943. In 1952 he became Assistant Quartermaster General, London District, responsible for the administration and quartering of the troops involved in the Queen's coronation in 1953. A military adviser to the Thai army, in 1959 he headed the defence staff of the High Commissioner of New Zealand. Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House 1969-71.

The crown jewels go back on display

The Imperial State Crown on display at the new jewel house which opened in the Tower of London yesterday. The exhibition caters for 20,000 visitors a day

Crown jewels are returned to the public spotlight

THE NEW DISPLAY of the Crown jewels opens to the public this afternoon at the Tower of London, writes Oliver Gillie.

Druids take the spring initiative: Horn-player sends message to all corners as he performs an ancient rite beside the Tower of London

THE MIDDLE-AGED man in a white robe turned his back to the midday sun, pointed a three-foot horn like a blunderbuss towards the press photographers scuttling along a flat roof, puffed out his cheeks and blew, an ancient and primitive sound.

A home fit to house our nation's history: Moving the Public Record Office to the London suburbs shows a lack of vision, says David Starkey

T S ELIOT wrote: 'A people without history / Is not redeemed from time.' Eliot, an American who chose to become British because of his attachment to English history, could never have envisaged that his adoptive compatriots would become 'a people without history'. But within a few decades of his death that moment threatens.
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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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