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‘Why the time is right for Brexit origins story’

Image copyright Nick Wall Image caption Benedict Cumberbatch plays a lesser-known figure in the referendum story Britain’s exit from the EU has rarely been out of the headlines since the country made the historic decision to go it alone in 2016. Every day brings new developments, new stumbling blocks and …

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HMV: The rise and fall of a music icon

Image copyright PA Image caption The HMV Store opening luncheon in July 1921 with Sir Edward Elgar (sixth from left) It was on 20 July 1921 that British composer Sir Edward Elgar opened the doors of a new shop at 363 Oxford Street, named “His Master’s Voice”. But the history …

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Dinner for One: English comedy spices up German New Year

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Grimsby comedian Freddie Frinton and Yorkshire’s May Warden are household names in Germany Raise a glass on a German New Year’s Eve and you’ll likely encounter this toast: “The same procedure as last year?” “The same procedure as every year.” It comes from a 15-minute, …

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Norman Gimbel, award-winning lyricist, dies aged 91

Image copyright Getty Images Norman Gimbel, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist, has died at the age of 91, his family has announced. Gimbel’s work included Killing Me Softly with his Song – recorded by Roberta Flack, the Fugees and others – and the theme to TV series Happy Days. He …

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Amos Oz: Acclaimed Israeli author dies at 79

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oz’s novels were translated into more than 40 languages Amos Oz, the leading Israeli author and a prominent advocate for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, has died of cancer at the age of 79. His most acclaimed works included the best-selling 2002 autobiographical …

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