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A Civil War letter, the witch finder’s guide and the last letter from Lawrence of Arabia

Dr Sarah Demelo was helping a researcher when she came across a handwritten letter pasted into a book. The letter was penned by Sir Thomas…
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How does someone just disappear?

A man police feared had been murdered has been discovered living in undergrowth, five years after vanishing. But why do people go missing, and how…
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The tower block residents who want their old cladding back

Housing providers up and down the country have been removing potentially dangerous cladding in the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster which left 72 people dead.…
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What do the new inflation figures mean for those already struggling to make ends meet?

New figures show that soaring food costs and the energy bill crisis are driving up prices at their fastest rate in almost 30 years, squeezing…
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The hamlet that has all but disappeared

Once home to a small but thriving community of 11 families. the tiny hamlet of Berney Arms today lies empty but for an unused pub,…
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‘Ed Sheeran inspired me to rap about my home town’

It is 2019 and Ryan Bruce is sitting eating his lunch during a work break. On the radio, Mr Bruce, whose rap name is RB…
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World War Two: The brothers who fled Nazi occupation by kayak

Whenever Niels Peteri visits a beach, he thinks of his father, Henri. He was one of the “Engelandvaarders” who, on 21 September 1941, stepped back…
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The street where neighbours eat, dance and party together

Six people or two households can now meet outside in England. The BBC asked what lockdown-easing measures meant to one neighbourhood where Covid-19 has already…
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The creator of the abbreviation ‘OMG’ would have loved Emojis

The following piece was inspired by and entry in Snopes about the derivation of the term OMG. How interesting, I thought. Then I realised the…
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The Mayflower Ship that Never Set Sail to the USA

It was a lofty ambition: To build a life-size replica of the 17th Century Mayflower and recreate the Transatlantic crossing that set sail 400 years…