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Turkey: a journey along the Meander River - Telegraph
Hotels needed names, I reckoned, no less than people did. The lousiest establishments had them. When the water supply failed, or scurrying cockroaches gleamed in the harsh flicker of naked bulbs, or the midnight mutterings along the corridors betrayed the tawdry travails of fellow guests, the one consolation was the magnificent presumption of a place that called itself, say, the Silk Palace.
Argentina by train: among amigos on La Trochita - Telegraph
As the diesel train shuddered out of the drab suburbs, we talked about politics, the Falklands, music, girls and football: the five pillars of Anglo-Argentine macho intercourse. We drank beer, played Truco - the card game all Argentines love - and shed the angst and accelerated pace of the big city.
Eric Sykes, gentleman of comedy, dies - Telegraph
He was born in Oldham on 4th May, 1923, and tragically his mother died in childbirth. Sykes, whose father was a labourer in a cotton mill, later served as a wireless operator in the Mobile Signals Unit, Royal Air Force, from 1941 until after the end of the War.
Bob Diamond's daughter attacks George Osborne - Telegraph
Miss Diamond graduated from Princeton last summer, where her English thesis was on 'the Cultural Myth of Female Hair in the Victorian Imagination'. She is now understood to work in securities at the Wall St bank, handling accounts for wealthy individuals and corporations. She is also a campaigner for Unicef.
Let the needy suffer most
There is little evidence of the so-called trickle-down theory working in the wake of economic liberalisation. Benefits have still remained confined to a select few. The harsh truth of the American economy has forced Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz to admit that conventional wisdom about 'trickle-down economics' is a fraud, and that a country without a viable middle-class is teetering at the edge of a precipice.
David Smith - Telegraph
Smith found himself widely vilified, the target of beatings, taunts and abuse. Questioned for weeks by detectives, some of whom seemed determined to "break" him, he was taken out on to Saddleworth Moor to see if he could recall landmarks from his drunken outings with Hindley and Brady.
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld - Telegraph
It was at the embassy that La Rochefoucauld was invited to join SOE. "The courage and skill of British agents is without equal," he recalled the ambassador noting. "It is just that their French accents are appalling." After meeting de Gaulle to ask his permission to join British forces ("Do it," came the reply.
Live worm found in patient's eye
Doctors in the Indian city of Mumbai have extracted a 12.5cm-long live worm from a patient's eye. PK Krishnamurthy, 75, felt "itching and irritation" in his right eye, but could scarcely have dreamed of the cause. When doctors at Fortis hospital examined him, they found the worm and removed it.
Africa has come a long way - but still has far to go - Comment - Evening Standard
A lasting legacy was being created at the G8 in Gleneagles that would contribute to the extraordinary revival of the African continent. Tony Blair succeeded in finally forcing the other leaders to accept what they had always known but had only paid lip service to - that to free the poorest people on the planet, one had to cancel their debt burden and double aid from the richest to the poorest.
Casablanca Oscar could fetch record $3million - Telegraph
Casablanca, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in February, starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and the film also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Casablanca, set during World War Two, has been named by the American Film Institute as the third best film of the past 100 years.
Keeping the peace: Britain's Buddhist police - Telegraph
"How can Buddhist police officers use force? The typical view in Buddhism is complete non-violence, but I look at it as non-aggression. "I do not believe in killing, maiming, or hurting someone because of anger, retribution, or revenge, but if I needed to use force on someone in order to reduce someone else's suffering, to protect someone else or myself, I believe I can do it."