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British Museum returns rare arefact to Afghanistan

A rare 17th century tinned copper bowl has been returned to the Embassy of Afghanistan in London by the British Museum, nearly 25 years after…

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Fallon overboard in the Aegean

A NATO mission countering illegal people trafficking in the Aegean Sea has cut the number of migrants arriving on Greek islands in April to less…

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 

Events organisers seem to be obsessed with corporate consumption and statisitics. Royal Ascot trumpets that the punters consume 51,000 bottles of champagne, 160,000 glasses of…

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Why are London Schools so good?

The success stories of London’s schools are now being shared widely – but what is the secret to the capital’s school’s sudden and dramatic improvement in fortunes?   London is a city synonymous with success. But 14 years ago, it appeared grim for poorer London schoolchildren. The inner city schools were widely considered sinkholes. Less than a quarter of children on free school meals achieved 5 or more A* to

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British Museum returns rare arefact to Afghanistan

A rare 17th century tinned copper bowl has been returned to the Embassy of Afghanistan in London by the British Museum, nearly 25 years after it was thought to be lost for good.   The Safavid bowl was lost during the civil war in the 1990s and was purchased “in good faith in December 1994 from an Afghan antiques dealer in Jeddah by Patrick and Paola von Aulock. After 20

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Fallon overboard in the Aegean

A NATO mission countering illegal people trafficking in the Aegean Sea has cut the number of migrants arriving on Greek islands in April to less than 50 per day.   NATO ships – including vessels from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – have been alerting Greek and Turkish coastguards to migrant vessels crossing the Aegean, enabling them to turn them back or prevent them attempting the dangerous crossing in the first

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 

Events organisers seem to be obsessed with corporate consumption and statisitics. Royal Ascot trumpets that the punters consume 51,000 bottles of champagne, 160,000 glasses of Pimm’s, 131,000 pints of beer and 42,000 bottles of wine. At Goodwood August races, they get through 6,612 bottles of champagne (quite a precise number) and 11,550 glasses of Pimm’s over five days, while at Wimbledon, they can only manage 28,000 bottles of bubbly, but

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Looking for: new UN Secretary General, must have GSOH

For the first time in the history of the UN public General Assembly (GA) hearings were held to elect the next UN Secretary General, during which candidates were asked nearly 800 questions over the course of three days.   Nine candidates are competing to replace Ban Ki Moon as the Secretary General of the UN, a position often referred to simply as the ‘most important diplomat” or “the toughest job

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EU retaliates in visa restrictions spat with US

As part of an ongoing investigation, the European Commision is assessing a “lack of visa reciprocity with the US, Canada, and Brunei” which could see restrictions on American tourists visiting Europe.   Britain is one of the European countries that benefits under the US visa waiver along with  “Full reciprocity” with Japan, the Commission explain, “in December 2015, and “with Australia in June 2015.” However, according to the EU Commision,

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Designs to turn Central Park into the next Grand Canyon

  Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu’s award winning plans hope to create an “inverted skyscraper” called the “New York Horizon”, which would involve the excavation of Central Park in its entirety. New York Horizon, which was designed as part of the eVolo Skyscraper competition, aimed to envision “a new paradigm by digging downward to Central Park’s bedrock”, revealing the “rugged natural terrain” below the city and creating “unobstructed views of

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Sicily: Culture and Conquest at the British Museum

Although I am still learning, and will hopefully continue to do so, there are enormous gaps in my education, particualar about history of art – great chasms of ignorance that open up like a Dantesque infernal view of the abyss. Well, thank goodness for the British Museum, who have ridden to the rescue in Selene’s chariot. So, every schoolboy knows that the Normans invaded Britain in AD1066 with William the Conqueror at the helm,

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