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Mail Men by Adrian Addison review – inside the Daily Mail’s sanctimony and vitriol. This summer Paul Dacre will have edited the Daily Mail for 25 years.

Mail Men by Adrian Addison review – inside the Daily Mail’s sanctimony and vitriol

No journalist has had a bigger influence on the behaviour of recent British governments, and few journalists at any time have been so disliked. French right-wing in shock at secret Sarkozy tapes. 7 March 2014Last updated at 20:20 ET By Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy are heard joking about her drop in earnings since their marriage France's right-wing opposition is reeling after the publication of secret tapes made at the Elysee palace during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy.

French right-wing in shock at secret Sarkozy tapes

The recordings - in which Mr Sarkozy is heard discussing confidential affairs of state but also joshing with his wife Carla Bruni - were made by one of his closest advisers, Patrick Buisson. A highly controversial figure whose political origins lie on the far-right, Mr Buisson is credited with engineering Mr Sarkozy's 2007 election by pushing him to toughen his stance on immigration, crime and national identity.

Voyage of the St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St.

Voyage of the St. Louis

Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 938 passengers, one of whom was not a refugee. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. Warsaw sends police officers to Harlow after killing of Polish man. Hitmen for hire: academics unlock the secret behaviour of Britain's contract killers. They are classified as novices, journeymen, dilettantes or masters.

Hitmen for hire: academics unlock the secret behaviour of Britain's contract killers

They are Britain's hitmen – killers who ply their deadly trade in return for cash, and who for the first time have become the subject of a major academic study. The killers typically murder their targets on a street close to the victim's home, although a significant proportion get cold feet or bungle the job, according to criminologists who examined 27 cases of contract killing between 1974 and 2013 committed by 36 men (including accomplices) and one woman.

Operation Julie. Operation Julie was a UK police investigation into the production of LSD by two drug rings during the mid-1970s.

Operation Julie

The operation, involving 11 police forces over a 2 1⁄2-year period, resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. It culminated in 1977 with enough LSD to make 6.5 million ‘tabs’ (with a street value of £6.5M) being seized, 120 people arrested in the UK and France and over £800,000 discovered in Swiss bank accounts.[1][2] Background[edit] The two LSD rings broken up by Operation Julie had begun life as one organisation.

Its founders were David Solomon, an author, and Richard Kemp, a chemist, who first successfully synthesized LSD in 1969.[3][4] Unable to effectively distribute the LSD they had made, they turned to Henry Todd to handle sales. On the same side: gay people during the Second World War. In 1942 the heroic Battle of Britain pilot Flight Lieutenant Ian Gleed published a memoir called Arise to Conquer.

On the same side: gay people during the Second World War

It proved to be a remarkably honest account of his exploits, given the restrictions imposed on him by wartime censorship and propaganda. Twice he bailed out of blazing Spitfires. The £8.8m typo: how one mistake killed a family business. The Bill Clinton we knew at Oxford: Apart from smoking dope (and not inhaling), what else did he learn over here? College friends share their memories with Matthew Hoffman. In a recent campaign speech, President George Bush told his audience: 'You know, Governor Clinton is already talking about pulling together the best and the brightest, all the lobbyists, economists, lawyers, all those guys, liberal guys that were hanging out with him in Oxford when some of you were over there fighting, and have them solve all of America's problems.' That characteristically tortuous sentence, on a theme to which Mr Bush returns with increasing frequency, was intended to stir many of the deepest suspicions of the ordinary American voter: suspicions of liberals, of big government, of sophisticates, and most of all of foreigners.

The Bill Clinton we knew at Oxford: Apart from smoking dope (and not inhaling), what else did he learn over here? College friends share their memories with Matthew Hoffman

One word, in particular, is employed to represent these dangers - 'Oxford'. Mr Bush says he does not want to take on Bill Clinton in face-to- face debate because, unlike his rival, he is not an 'Oxford man'. He arrived in October 1968 as one of 32 American Rhodes scholars who had been awarded post- graduate places and grants for two or more years. Secret Service veterans denounce anti-Clinton tell-all book. Clayton-le-Moors War Memorial - John Cassidy, Sculptor. This site celebrates the life and work of sculptor John Cassidy (1860 - 1939).

Clayton-le-Moors War Memorial - John Cassidy, Sculptor

This old picture shows the original bronze plaques. The young soldier. Cassidy's details show typical British equipment: the rifle is clearly a short-magazine Lee Enfield. A moment that changed me: opening a letter I wrote myself in 1994. I was 33, overdrawn and single.

A moment that changed me: opening a letter I wrote myself in 1994

I hated the hovel of a home I lived in. “Home” is stretching it, really. It was a cold converted garage on the outskirts of well-to-do Winchester, five miles up the road from the safe Southampton suburb where I had grown up. Everything I had taken for granted as a child was sadly lacking from my life: a garden, my own front door, security and the sense of belonging that family breeds. Mice – or were they rats? He convinced former CIA operatives he was one of them. Was he an impostor? Mark W.

He convinced former CIA operatives he was one of them. Was he an impostor?

Levin manning a display table for Daniel Morgan Academy, now the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, in 2015. (Obtained by The Washington Post) He’d killed 38 people, Mark W.