The one puzzle that GCHQ has never been able to solve… As the spy agency issues its annual Christmas codebreaking challenge

The one puzzle that GCHQ has never been able to solve… As the spy agency issues its annual Christmas codebreaking challenge

If you plan to spend a portion of Christmas curled up on a warm sofa pondering that day’s crossword puzzle, then you owe at least a small vote of thanks to a man called Leonard Dawe. An exceptional footballer, who played for both Southampton and England’s amateur team before World War I, Dawe had settled … Read more

‘World’s humblest Christmas tree’ sells for £3,400 at auction: Artificial fir was bought for 6p from Woolworths store 103 years ago and was expected to fetch just £80

‘World’s humblest Christmas tree’ sells for £3,400 at auction: Artificial fir was bought for 6p from Woolworths store 103 years ago and was expected to fetch just £80

By Eirian Jane Prosser Published: 18:24 GMT, 15 December 2023 | Updated: 18:40 GMT, 15 December 2023 The ‘world’s humblest Christmas tree’ bought for 6p from a Woolworths store 103 years ago has sold at auction for more than £3,400. The modest and unassuming artificial fir was purchased in the aftermath of the First World … Read more

What methods were used for onboard ship communication during World War I?

What methods were used for onboard ship communication during World War I?

QUESTION What methods were used for onboard ship communication during World War I? A network of voice pipes was used for shipboard communication during both world wars, consisting of two cones of wood or metal, one end shaped to fit the speaker’s mouth and connected to the other via a long air pipe to a … Read more

Arresting development! Former Victorian police station that was converted into a boutique hotel goes on the market for £1.85million

Arresting development! Former Victorian police station that was converted into a boutique hotel goes on the market for £1.85million

A former Victorian police station that was converted into a boutique hotel has  gone on the market for £1.85million. Alma Lodge was the site of Fulford’s first police station, built for East Riding Constabulary in 1880 and originally featured a charge-room, three cells and two dwelling houses for resident police officers.  The historic building in … Read more

JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK: I barely recognise my old high street as a ‘closed’ sign is hung up on 144 years of history

JONATHAN BROCKLEBANK: I barely recognise my old high street as a ‘closed’ sign is hung up on 144 years of history

My great-grandmother Agnes Ainslie was the oldest family member I ever knew. She was in her mid-20s when her husband Jock went off to fight in the Great War and was closing in on 50 when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939. In her long life in her hometown of St Andrews she would have seen … Read more

Meghan Markle could be dropped by her Hollywood talent agency over Omid Scobie’s bombshell book Endgame because she is now ‘too hot to handle’ and is ‘guilty by association’, PR experts say

Meghan Markle could be dropped by her Hollywood talent agency over Omid Scobie’s bombshell book Endgame because she is now ‘too hot to handle’ and is ‘guilty by association’, PR experts say

Meghan Markle’s Hollywood relaunch is ‘not going to plan’ and may already have been scuppered because the royal race row sparked by Omid Scobie‘s new book could make her ‘too hot to handle‘, experts told MailOnline today. The Duchess of Sussex recently signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) mega-agent Ari Emanuel whose clients include Dwayne ‘The … Read more

Harry ‘WAS given a save the date to Duke of Westminster’s wedding but turned the invite down and said it would be too ‘awkward’ if he and Meghan attended’, Sussex source insists

Harry ‘WAS given a save the date to Duke of Westminster’s wedding but turned the invite down and said it would be too ‘awkward’ if he and Meghan attended’, Sussex source insists

Prince Harry received a ‘save the date’ invitation to the Duke of Westminster’s wedding but turned it down to avoid an ‘awkward’ clash with his relatives, a Sussex source has claimed.  Harry and Meghan’s absence from the guest list for the high society nuptials at Chester Cathedral has attracted significant interest, not least because the … Read more

Meghan Markle ‘felt she had more of a right to speak’ than Kate Middleton because she was a ‘self-made woman’ – and ‘seemed uncomfortable having to play second fiddle’, source claims

Meghan Markle ‘felt she had more of a right to speak’ than Kate Middleton because she was a ‘self-made woman’ – and ‘seemed uncomfortable having to play second fiddle’, source claims

Meghan Markle ‘felt she had more of a right to speak’ than Kate Middleton at certain events because she was a ‘self-made woman’, a source has claimed. The Duchess of Sussex, 42, was allegedly uneasy with the Prince and Princess of Wales being the superior royals in the palace hierarchy when she joined the Royal … Read more

Pressure grows on Harry and Meghan as William demands ‘action’ on Scobie racism allegations, Archie’s godfather snubs them from his society wedding to avoid ‘drama’ and an MP calls for Parliament to strip them of their titles

Pressure grows on Harry and Meghan as William demands ‘action’ on Scobie racism allegations, Archie’s godfather snubs them from his society wedding to avoid ‘drama’ and an MP calls for Parliament to strip them of their titles

Harry and Meghan are facing a mounting backlash as they continue to maintain their silence on royal racism claims made by their ‘mouthpiece’ Omid Scobie in his new book.  The couple are yet to speak on the book publicly and a meeting between King Charles and Prince William is now set to take place next … Read more

King Charles will deliver address at opening ceremony of Cop28 in Dubai and meet President of UAE, Palace announces amid Omid Scobie book controversy with second member of royal family ‘named as racist’ in Dutch translation

King Charles will deliver address at opening ceremony of Cop28 in Dubai and meet President of UAE, Palace announces amid Omid Scobie book controversy with second member of royal family ‘named as racist’ in Dutch translation

King Charles will deliver the opening address at the opening ceremony of COP28 in Dubai and meet the president of the United Arab Emirates, Buckingham Palace announced today.  Charles will join Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan tomorrow before delivering the opening address at the World Climate Action Summit on Friday.  The monarch, 75, will also sit … Read more