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Sir Nicholas Macpherson is accused of trying to scare the public into a Yes vote in an EU referendum

Railway enthusiasts take pictures of the Mallard at the 'Great Gathering' of the six remaining A4 class locomotives, Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Union of South Africa, Bittern, Mallard and Dominion of Canada. The trains have been brought together to mark the 75th anniversary of Mallard's world record breaking run

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75 years on, National Railway Museum gathers five surviving sister locomotives

Peter Sellers, as President Merkin Muffley in Dr Stragelove, using the mythical red phone

Washington's big red phone to the Kremlin is the stuff of Cold War fantasy

Direct communication between the superpowers was never established with a direct, dedicated phone line, it has emerged.

“We have waited a long time for the aircraft, but we’re very excited with what we’ve got”

Boeing 787 Dreamliner launch: 300 passengers enjoy surprise flight as the future of aviation departs from Gatwick

Seven minutes early, but four years late, the future of flying finally arrived at Gatwick at 7.58am today. The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner belonging to a British airline left gate 52 at the airport’s North Terminal, filled with nearly 300 passengers enjoying an unexpectedly comfortable start to their holidays in Menorca.

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Never ever getting together? Ed Sheeran joins Taylor Swift for surprise duet at Wembley

Taylor Swift, it seems, has something of a soft spot for British men.

Sergio Garcia at the European Tour gala dinner on Tuesday

Sergio Garcia apologises for 'fried chicken' remark aimed towards Tiger Woods

Ryder Cup winner made 'silly remark' about world No. 1 at European Tour gala dinner

Asteroid nine times the size of the QE2 liner to sail pass Earth

An asteroid nine times larger than the QE2 is due to sail past the Earth later this month.

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Andy Carroll set to be handed England recall for summer friendlies against Brazil and Republic of Ireland

It will be the first time the on-loan Liverpool striker has been involved since October

Caterham F1 boss Mike Gascoyne (right) will have round the world and sailing expert Brian Thompson (left) alongside him as he takes to the world of ocean racing, starting with the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Brazil in November

Caterham F1 boss Mike Gascoyne to join world of ocean racing

Gascoyne plans to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre

On the move: Calder’s mobiles have slender elements but suggest a bigger space

Charles Darwent on Alexander Calder: The man who put the 'post' into modern

The art world grew smaller the day Calder first popped his sculptures in the post

Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini claim 'nonsense', says Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Roberto Mancini of talking “nonsense” with his claim that the Premier League's lesser teams show fear against Manchester United while giving everything against Manchester City.

Numbers of complaints about unwanted calls have trebled in just six months

The mister-ious case of disappearing formality

We're being sucked into a world of superficially friendly exchanges

Oldfield is now protesting against the British Museum’s store of ‘stolen artefacts’

No regrets, says Trenton Oldfield, man who ruined the boat race – but don’t worry, he won’t be back

A year after he made waves, Tom Peck meets the unrepentant Trenton Oldfield

Japan's major airlines grounded their Boeing 787 planes for safety checks today

New CEO at Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has named Craig Kreeger, who has spent his entire career of almost 30 years at American Airlines, as its new chief executive.

Virgin swoops for BA chief

Virgin Atlantic today stepped up the pressure on British Airways when it poached an executive who worked on the flag bearer’s key transatlantic alliance to pilot its own future.

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