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Rifles cracked, artillery thundered and the cavalry charged. Having sent in the Imperial Guard, Napoleon Bonaparte beats a hasty retreat under an onslaught of enemy forces. In a rainswept field in Belgium yesterday, tens of thousands of spectators gathered to watch a recreation of Napoleon's final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Around 3,000 historical military enthusiasts from across Europe, armed with heavy guns and supported by 150 cavalry, were willing participants in the reconstruction of five scenes from the battle, which took place 195 years earlier on 18 June 1815.

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Teacher cleared of sex with pupil

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Eleven Minutes Late, By Matthew Engel

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Sir Laurence Pumphrey: Diplomat decorated for wartime bravery who later served as Ambassador to Pakistan

Laurie Pumphrey, who died at his home in Northumberland on 23 December aged 93, was a star entrant into the diplomatic service in the first post-war reconstruction exam in 1945.

King's College set to expand into Somerset House

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Trespasser causes Waterloo rail chaos

Tens of thousands of commuters suffered travel delays today after a trespasser walked on to one of the busiest railway lines in the country.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I'm frightened he'll back off if I want to get serious

Dear Virginia,

I met a man nine months ago and we started a relationship. He is 45 and I'm 30. He's always made it very clear that he is never going to get married and settle down, and doesn't want children, but we are so happy together and I am completely in love for the first time in my life. I feel I should broach the subject of taking things further, but I'm so frightened he'll back off. I feel he can't have meant what he said. What can I do?

Best wishes, Evelyn

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