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Shakespeare voted the UK's greatest cultural icon

William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international poll carried out by the British Council. Five thousand young adults in India, Brazil, Germany, China and the …

  • Man cave locations: Where men go when you can't find them
    Man cave locations: Where men go when you can't find them Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A study has revealed the most popular places men escape to in order get a bit of 'man time'.

    The report found the average male nips off for a bit of time in his hideaway eight times a month.

    Of the 2,000 men polled ne
    arly half said they didn't get enough time to be on their own in an average day.

    Perhaps that's why seven in ten said their 'man cave' is somewhere their partner never really goes. More »

  • Bizarre vintage inventions: Wooden swimsuits and extendable caravans
    Bizarre vintage inventions: Wooden swimsuits and extendable caravans Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    If you ever thought you needed a wooden swimsuit or electrically heated vest then wonder no more. These bizarre inventions never caught on but a series of photographs have revealed the ingenious efforts from the first half of the 20th century that sought to help people manage the pressures of everyday life. Strangely, there are early versions of modern inventions such as an old-school sat nav … More »

  • Hoptroff watches - London's smartest luxury watches
    Hoptroff watches - London's smartest luxury watches Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Richard Hoptroff's watches are no ordinary creations. They look like luxury Swiss showpieces (and they are made from gold) but inside they are packed with high technology - Bluetooth radios, magnetometers and atomic clocks. The cases are 3D-printed and hand polished - a perfect mix of old and new techniques. Best of all, the watches are designed in a characterful old office in London Bridge's … More »

  • Pictures of the week: From kangaroos sunbathing in China to the total eclipse in America
    Pictures of the week: From kangaroos sunbathing in China to the total eclipse in America Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Here's our pick of the best pictures from around the world this week... … More »

  • 19 Easter bunnies that will haunt your nightmares
    19 Easter bunnies that will haunt your nightmares Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Easter is a time for chocolates, bunnies and new beginnings - right? But if these pictures are anything to go by most children will spend Easter weekend locked in their bedroom and avoiding the terrifying bunny with razor-sharp teeth, matted fur and evil eyes. These terrifying figures would not look out of place in a horror film. Whether its bunnies clutching at children, creeping behind them … More »

  • Gold Eagle huntress: Amazing pictures of 13-year-old girl who's trained bird of prey
    Gold Eagle huntress: Amazing pictures of 13-year-old girl who's trained bird of prey Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Photographer Asher Svidensky chose to focus on the next generation of Mongolian hunters who are the future of keeping this dying part of their culture alive. … More »

  • By the sea: Stunning photography of Britain's coastlines by the RNLI
    By the sea: Stunning photography of Britain's coastlines by the RNLI Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Britain's coastlines have been beautifully captured by amateur photographers for the RNLI 'My Coast' competition. Lashing waves, blood-red sunrises and golden sands are all in the running to be crowned the best image by a public vote via the RNLI's Facebook page. Voting will be open for one week only. The competition was launched in September last year to mark the release of 'Courage on our … More »

  • South Korea ferry: Hundreds unaccounted for as ship capsizes
    South Korea ferry: Hundreds unaccounted for as ship capsizes Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Some 300 people are unaccounted for after a passenger ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea. Although there were calm conditions witnesses said there had been a 'loud impact and noise' before the ferry began to sink. More than 30 boats and a dozen helicopters attended the scene and rescued 164 of the 476 passengers onboard. More than 300 children were onboard. The South Korean coastguard … More »

  • UK Weather: Britain enjoys spring sunshine, rain forecast for bank holiday
    UK Weather: Britain enjoys spring sunshine, rain forecast for bank holiday Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Families and sunseekers have flocked to parks and beaches this week to lap up the glorious springtime weather across Britain. However, forecasters have warned that those staying on these shores over Easter bank holiday can expect isolated showers on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are expected to bring unsettled weather in the South, with north east England and … More »

  • Inside Buckingham Palace: New Royal Mail stamps give sneak peek inside famous royal residence
    Inside Buckingham Palace: New Royal Mail stamps give sneak peek inside famous royal residence Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Royal Mail has released a 10-stamp collection celebrating Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837. The set includes six stamps featuring the changing exterior of the building through the ages, commissioned by Royal Mail from artist Chris Draper. There is also a miniature sheet of four stamps with photographs of four opulent locations inside the … More »