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Door to the past – A secret passageway rediscovered during restoration work in the Palace of Westminster has revealed 169-year-old graffiti from stonemasons, one of whom wrote: “This room was enclosed by Tom Porter who was very fond of Ould Ale.” The route into Westminster Hall was built for the coronation of Charles II in the 17th century and used afterwards by the likes of Robert Walpole and William Pitt the younger. It was eventually bricked up and covered with wooden panelling – but not before someone put in a large 1950s-era Osram lightbulb marked “HM Government Property” that still lit up when amazed historians got in and flicked the switch. Experts working on the restoration found the passage when they noticed a tiny keyhole, had a key made and swung the panelling open. … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Viral alarm spreads through Europe
Liz Hallam Smith, the team’s historical consultant from the University of York, said: “We were trawling through 10,000 uncatalogued documents relating to the palace at the Historic England archives in Swindon, when we found plans for the doorway in the cloister behind Westminster Hall. … [Read more...] about Westminster: secret passageway discovery reveals 169-year-old graffiti
Marr said he has used his eight-month convalescence to re-evaluate his lifestyle. He said that in his former life he had lived at too much of a rush. "In hospital, I remember thinking that I have gobbled life too much. I have gone racing from one thing to the next, and never enjoyed the moment. From now on, I'm going to make sure I suck the juice out of life. I had been working at an insane rate. I had this idea that I could do more than anybody else." … [Read more...] about Andrew Marr: ‘There’s nothing in the world that beats the best of the NHS’
If you have been affected by Duffy's story, there is help and support available. Rape Crisis operates in England and Wales and has a live chat helpline, local centres and information you may find helpful. The Samaritans also operates a free helpline on 116 123 open 24/7, or you can email [email protected] … [Read more...] about Duffy’s life outside the spotlight as she bravely speaks out about rape ordeal