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Different inside and out. BBC/Company Productions Ltd

Wolf Hall cut and pastes architecture – so is it authentic?

It is 1529. Cardinal Wolsey leaves his palace at York Place, giving way to the triumphant Anne Boleyn, who holds court in the long gallery. But this York Place is not the princely residence of the Archbishops…
Forward planning is difficult when you don’t know how long you’ll be around for. Iakov Filimonov/shutterstock

The government’s new pension service has one fatal flaw

The UK government has launched its new Pension Wise service. The website is designed to help people understand their new pension freedoms that start from April this year. But it has a gaping hole at its…
All welcome! Jimmy Walker via Wikimedia Commons

What the Romans can teach us on immigration and integration

As a Roman historian, I’m struck by how often people ask why the Roman empire ended, since a far more interesting question is surely how it managed to survive for such a long time while extended over such…
All part of the same system. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Until we fix our economic system tax evasion will continue

There has been an international outcry over the leaked HSBC files, which provide evidence that the bank’s Swiss arm helped wealthy clients put millions of dollars worth of assets out of the reach of the…
Lloyds Bank has cancelled a high paying bond to the detriment of many of its savers. Thinglass / Shutterstock.com

Lloyds Bank bond row makes investing sound harder than it is

If you need a reminder of how complex investing in the stock market can be, look no further than the row currently raging between Lloyds Bank and up to 100,000 investors who helped to bail it out in 2009…
To die for? Warner Bros. Pictures

America’s tragic journey from Selma to American Sniper

Two films about recent American history feature in the Oscars run up this year. There’s Selma, a heroic retelling of the civil rights movement. And then American Sniper, about US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle…

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