The Jews who fought for Hitler: ‘We did not help the Germans. We had a common enemy’ – Telegraph

They fought alongside them, healed them, and often befriended them. But how do Finland’s Jews feel today about their uneasy – and little mentioned – alliance with the Nazis?

via The Jews who fought for Hitler: ‘We did not help the Germans. We had a common enemy’ – Telegraph.


The Pride And Prejudice dance revival – Telegraph

As the BBC announce a televised recreation of Jane Austen’s Netherfield Ball, we look into the Austen-appreciating scene, which dances and dresses like Darcy 200 years after Pride and Prejudice was published.

via The Pride And Prejudice dance revival – Telegraph.


Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals – Telegraph

Scientists, psychologists and English academics at Liverpool University have found that reading the works of the Bard and other classical writers has a beneficial effect on the mind, catches the reader’s attention and triggers moments of self-reflection.

Using scanners, they monitored the brain activity of volunteers as they read works by William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, T.S Eliot and others.

They then “translated” the texts into more “straightforward”, modern language and again monitored the readers’ brains as they read the words.

Scans showed that the more “challenging” prose and poetry set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the more pedestrian versions.

via Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals – Telegraph.


US wanted to warn Argentina about South Georgia – Telegraph

The United States wanted to give Argentina advance warning that Britain was going to retake South Georgia in 1982 in a move that would have spelt disaster ahead of the Falklands campaign, according to newly released files

via US wanted to warn Argentina about South Georgia – Telegraph.


Mona Inglesby: the forgotten heroine of British ballet – Telegraph

The name Mona Inglesby is no longer one dance-lovers conjure with. But in the war years, she was more famous than Fonteyn, writes Ismene Brown.

via Mona Inglesby: the forgotten heroine of British ballet – Telegraph.


Three-parent baby fertility technique could be made legal – Telegraph

Members of the public are being asked whether families with a genetic risk of incurable conditions like muscular dystrophy should be allowed to use the DNA of a third party to create healthy children.

Although the resulting babies would inherit a small fraction of their DNA from the donor and not their mother or father, the procedure would spare all future generations from a host of rare and debilitating conditions.

The technique is currently forbidden as a treatment, but a public consultation launched today will help inform a decision by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, on whether the clinical benefits outweigh any ethical concerns.

via Three-parent baby fertility technique could be made legal – Telegraph.


Archaeologists believe they have found skeleton of King Richard III – Telegraph

More than 500 years since he was killed in battle, archaeologists believe they have finally found the skeleton of King Richard III, buried deep beneath a council car park.

via Archaeologists believe they have found skeleton of King Richard III – Telegraph.