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It’s wrong to compare Zika to Ebola

A committee of the World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. This designation gives the WHO and member states the ability to recommend limits on travel to prevent the potential spread of disease and to call for emergency measures and resources to combat …


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Anti-Valentine Cards For Couples With A Sense Of Humour

Downton Abbey's Lady Edith upstages her on-screen sister in real-life romance

Downton Abbey's Lady Edith, aka Laura Carmichael, is enjoying an ‘upstairs-downstairs’ romance with co-star Michael Fox, writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE.

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24 creative Valentine's Day gift ideas that aren't flowers or chocolate

Heart-shaped boxes of flavorless chocolate and bouquets of red roses are way overdone. It's time to get more creative.

Whether you're shopping for your soulmate or a group of gal pals, these unique treats will make them feel loved.

Conceal your naughty date night supplies with the Bex Naughty …

Valentine's Day

'Downton Abbey' final season, episode 5 recap: Complicated love and the world's worst dinner party

Men and women and all the complications of love were at the forefront of the fifth episode of the final season of "Downton Abbey" - until a dinner …

Downton Abbey

'Downton Abbey' recap: Tummy troubles

At the risk of sounding insensitive, it would be kind of perfect if Lord Grantham died. Just hear me out. "Downton Abbey" has charted the slow demise of the aristocracy over six seasons; what better way to end the series than with the (literal) demise of the show's most prominent aristocrat?

We all …

Downton Abbey

How ‘Downton Abbey’ Pulled Off Lord Grantham’s Shockingly Bloody Medical Scare

Whether it’s a World War I trench scene, a sex scandal turned deadly, or a horrific car accident, Downton Abbey has never been afraid to include …

'Downton Abbey' Season 6 Director Reveals That [SPOILER]'s Blood Wasn't Meant To Spill On Cora

"Downton Abbey" director reveals that a Robert Crawley's blood was intended to spray on his wife Cora Crawley in season 6, episode 5 of the PSB …

Downton Abbey

Laura Carmichael Discusses Edith’s Evolution on ‘Downton Abbey’

Lady Edith Crawley, the second Grantham sister, has had a miserable time through most of the six seasons of “Downton Abbey.” Always second fiddle to her sister Mary, Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, has been jilted at the altar, involved with a married man (his wife was in a mental institution), …

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, Season 6: Recap: Best Quotes from Episode 5 | 5. Episode 5 | Season 6 | Downton Abbey | Programs

Whose zinger tally rivals the Dowager Countess this week? Find out in the Best Quotes Recap of Downton Abbey Season 6, Episode 5 as seen on …

Downton Abbey

‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6, Episode 5: A Shock to the System

Season 6, Episode 5

This recap contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of “Downton Abbey.”

“Downton,” meet “Alien.”

I’m telling you, Abbots, when Lord Grantham staggered to his feet and started vomiting geysers of blood all over that exquisitely assembled dinner table, I fully expected some foreign …

Downton Abbey

Recipes: An all-chocolate breakfast menu to delight your sweetie

Some say that love is complicated. That might be true for people, but never for chocolate. Rare is the soul who doesn’t unconditionally embrace its …


A Whole Dinner's Worth of Chocolate for Valentine's Day

Shakespeare Solos: peer into the minds of Lear, Hamlet and Titania

How do you make Shakespeare instantly available? One answer is to film star actors doing great speeches. The first six videos in the Guardian’s Shakespeare Solos series do just that. What they reveal is how the camera can be an aid, rather than an enemy, in revealing the intricate thought processes …


Shakespeare timeline: follow the plot of the playwright's life


On 26 April, Stratford-upon-Avon parish archives record the baptism of “Gulielmus filius Iohannes Shakespere” (William, son of John Shakespeare). The Shakespeare household is comfortable: Mary (neé Arden) comes from a rich farming family; John is a maker of fine gloves and a successful …


Britain's most haunted house and former medieval prison is up for sale in Essex for £180,000

Ghost hunters can snap up Britain's most haunted house after the Essex-based creepy cottage was put on the market for £180,000.

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Shakespeare in his own words

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He wrote 884,647 words that have been translated into every major living language, a literary legacy that has …

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Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, W.H.O. Says

The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries new tools to fight it.

An outbreak of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by …

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Mozart’s Daily Routine

How a day is composed in the hours between sleep o’clock and symphony o’clock.

“The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us,” Mary Oliver wrote in contemplating how our routines give shape to our inner lives. This, perhaps, is why we’re so transfixed by the daily routines of great …

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Small Council: What dead character from Game of Thrones do you miss the most?

Did you know that a lot of characters die on Game of Thrones? It’s true. This week, the Small Council discusses which of the fallen characters we

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The Winter's Tale: Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench give Shakespeare a cinematic spin

Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh in The Winter's Tale. Branagh decided to approach Shakespeare's play by thinking of it in terms of cinema. Photo: Johan


Ian McKellen to host London bus tours for Shakespeare film season

Having tackled Shakespeare's works on stage and screen, Ian McKellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation of "Richard III" as part of a film program marking 400 years since the playwright's death.

The 76-year-old McKellen, who has starred in numerous Shakespeare adaptations, …


Classical music: No wonder the New York Philharmonic wants Jaap van Zweden

It was surprising that no public mention of The Big News was made Friday night at the Meyerson Symphony Center. But surely everyone in the audience …

Classical Music

Concertgebouw to tour all 28 EU member states | Classical Music


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons as part of its RCO meets …

Classical Music

Virtuoso Pianist Lang Lang Wants Kids to Be Excited About Classical Music

The world renowned pianist is combining his celebrity and youth to break down staid perceptions of classical music for young students.

It’s rare for a classical musician today to have mainstream appeal and garner critical acclaim simultaneously. Selling out symphony halls but having star quality …

Classical Music

American Ballet Theatre brings a lush new ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to D.C.

In 2007, Gillian Murphy danced the lead role of Princess Aurora in American Ballet Theatre’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” She’s reprising the part at the Kennedy Center this week, but it’s not as easy as retracing her old steps.

That’s because ABT’s new production restores the ballet to its roots — a time …

Performing Arts

Review: City Ballet Celebrates Balanchine and Heeds Mother Nature

New York City Ballet had planned to celebrate the birthday of George Balanchine as usual, with performances and demonstrations of his works. Instead, Mother Nature showed up on Saturday with the kind of enchanting yet hazardous gift common to fairy tale ballets: a waltz of the snowflakes voluminous …