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Fragments of book recovered from wreck of Blackbeard’s ship

Remains of notorious pirate’s ship in North Carolina yield evidence that it was carrying a copy of Edward Cooke’s Voyage to the South Sea  Pirate treasure … a contemporary image … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

How 555 nights in jail helped to make Paul Verlaine a ‘prince of poets’

A new exhibition in Mons recalls the drunken row with fellow poet Arthur Rimbaud that led to a charge of attempted murder  Paul Verlaine in 1893. Kim Willsher Observer, Sun … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gun with which Verlaine shot Rimbaud up for auction

Christie’s to sell weapon fired in 1873 in what would be the culmination of a torrid affair between the French poets  The revolver on display at the Beaux-Arts Mons museum … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Catherine Deneuve says men should be ‘free to hit on’ women

French actor signs open letter that claims ‘witch-hunt’ in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal poses threat to sexual freedom  Catherine Deneuve: ‘I don’t think it is the right method to … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds

Sea ice also melting at fastest past in 1,500 years, US government scientists find ‘The Arctic is a very different place than it was even a decade ago’ – author … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK to bring back beavers in first government flood reduction scheme of its kind

Beaver family will be released in the Forest of Dean to stop a village from flooding, with potential for further such schemes to follow  Beavers’ dam building slows peak water … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

If Damian Green looked at porn at work, that’s not a police matter

Raiding an MP’s office – on the orders of a rival political party – in the hope of finding reputation-damaging material is worthy of a totalitarian regime  Deputy prime minister … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

David Davis threatens to quit if Damian Green sacked unfairly

News that Brexit secretary believes cabinet colleague is victim of police vendetta follows fresh pornography claims  Damian Green (L) and David Davis during a meeting in the Cabinet Office. Photograph: … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas – yes, the Church just hijacked the old pagan festivals anyway. Let it RETURN to being a pagan festival

Father Desmond O’Donnell says the words Christmas and Easter have lost all sacred meaning  Desmond O’Donnell says unless Catholicism addresses what Christmas has come to mean, “secularisation and modern life … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness?

Research suggests the vast ecosystem of organisms that lives in our digestive systems might be as complex and influential as our genes in everything from mental health to athleticism and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

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