Turbo-charged run-in with Go Car over warranty claim

I took out the warranty on a used Mazda 6 but it did’t prove to be the ‘ultimate’ coverLast August I bought a three-year-old Mazda 6 with just under 70,000 miles on the clock from an independent dealer. It had a new MOT and came with a full Mazda service history. I decided to take […]
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Michael Gove attacks use of Mr Men in iGCSE history lessons

Education secretary claims use of Mr Men characters to study Hitler is symptom of culture of low expectationsThe education secretary, Michael Gove, has attacked a “culture of low expectations” in English schools, criticising the use of Mr Men characters in teaching 15 and 16-year-olds about Hitler.Too many teachers were treating “young people on the verge […]
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Brewster’s trillions: Internet Archive strives to keep web history alive

Priceless hoard of bytes aims to save websites which could otherwise be lost – all from suburban San FranciscoIn an era of information overload and ephemera, where an online sensation may last all of five minutes, word is spreading that the internet has a memory, and its name is not Google.Even more surprising, it has […]
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We eurozoners must create a United State of Europe | Brendan Simms

Only a single Anglo-American style fiscal and military union can save the EUThey were a loose confederation of states in danger of falling out among themselves, and unsure if they would survive in an increasingly competitive international environment. Their debts were piling up; their currency was weak; their economies were diverse and incompatible. The idealism […]
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Margaret Thatcher’s place in history is assured, says her daughter

Carol Thatcher says this week will be ‘tough and tearful’, with the former PM’s funeral taking place on WednesdayIt will be a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”, Carol Thatcher has said.The daughter of Lady Thatcher made the poignant remark in a statement to reporters outside the family home […]
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Skateboarding’s South Bank homeland to be turned into retail units

South Bank undercroft to be refurbished and skate park moved to nearby Hungerford Bridge, but skaters aren’t happySkateboarders on London’s South Bank – audio slideshowIt has carved a place in counter-cultural history – a concrete enclave on London’s South Bank beloved by skateboarders that has appeared in countless magazines and films.The undercroft at the Southbank […]
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Margaret Thatcher: the first draft of history

Eulogists on all sides are bound to select their reminiscences with a particular ruthlessness – depending on the point they wish to makeMark Antony claimed he had come to bury Caesar rather than praise him – before going on to apply praise which artfully advanced his own interest. The political eulogy has always been distinguished […]
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Letters: Methodist hymns for Margaret Thatcher

Perhaps the most salient and significant feature of Lady Thatcher’s character, which seems to have been missed so far by the commentariat, is the fact that she was the last great political embodiment of the nonconformist conscience, that once mighty moral force whose many offspring include the Guardian. It is true that nonconformity predominantly influenced […]
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John Major’s music hall history makes Theatre Book prize shortlist

Former prime minister joins Kate Bassett, Ian Kelly, Margaret Leask, Thomas Betteridge and Greg Walker in the runningJohn Major – or at least his fictional equivalent – is weeping nightly onstage at the Gielgud Theatre as part of Peter Morgan’s new play The Audience. But his real-life counterpart has reason to cheer, after finding himself […]
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Why Richard III’s final resting place matters | Lucy Worsley

I’m in favour of a spot of Plantagenet controversy over King Richard’s burial place. It’s good for popular history – and tourismWho says the Wars of the Roses are over? Five hundred years since the Battle of Bosworth, the Yorkist side is turning in on itself, and the Richard III Society may have finally met […]
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