Serpent's Egg

The Eroticism of Fat Men

How Jack the Ripper’s murders were motivated by love gone wrong

Part Four: Haunted by his heinous crimes, Francis Craig took his own life 15 years after the murders – slitting his own throat exactly as he had slaughtered his own … Continue reading

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Did Francis Craig write the famous Jack the Ripper letters?

Part Three: The new suspect is the perfect candidate to have written a series of letters long thought to have been penned by the serial killer, dubbed the ‘Dear Boss’ … Continue reading

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Scene from „The Serpents egg (Das Schlangenei) (3)

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Strong growth paves way for Bank of England to raise rates next year

The Bank’s decision makers are expected to be split for the first time this year over the timing of rate rises Bank Rate was cut to 0.5pc in March 2009, … Continue reading

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Bank of England or Federal Reserve: Who will move first on interest rates?

Interest rate rises are on way for the first time since the financial crisis – what will it mean for either side of the Atlantic to go first? Central bank … Continue reading

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Alicia Vikander: ‘Guy Ritchie terrified me’

INTERVIEW ‘You realise that someone was there, watching, while you were having a coffee with your friends. And you just feel violated’ Credit: Paolo Roversi; Alicia Vikander is wearing Louis … Continue reading

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Sweden invents a word for girls’ genitals equivalent to ‘willy’ for boys

Everyone in the Scandinavian country uses the term ‘snippa’ for girls’ genitals. But few know it was a feminist invention Snoppen och Snippan, a TV cartoon of dancing children’s genitalia, … Continue reading

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The Third Man review – a near-perfect work

(1949, Carol Reed; StudioCanal, PG, DVD/Blu-ray) Orson Welles in The Third Man: ‘dominates the film both by his presence and his absence’. Philip French Guardian, Sunday 2 August 2015 From … Continue reading

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Lessons in the art of living

It is impossible to read Cyril Connolly for long without engaging with his passionate personality. William Boyd, a fan since boyhood, pays tribute to a great yet dangerous role model … Continue reading

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Jack the Ripper: Is this the only surviving depiction of the most famous serial killer in history?

Part Two: The new theory claims Jack the Ripper was a down-on-his-luck reporter named Francis Craig. It sets out evidence suggesting he is depicted in this sketch of an inquest … Continue reading

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Jack the Ripper: How the new theory came to light

Part One: Exclusive extract from the new book The Real Mary Kelly details how the discovery of a 129-year-old document helped unlock the true identity of the Ripper’s final victim, … Continue reading

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