Statue of Alan Turing made of slate, on display at Bletchley Park
The man who helped break the German Enigma code in World War II, a pioneer of computer science and one of the 20th century’s most brilliant mathematicians
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To be ‘close but no cigar’ is to come close to succeeding, only to fail or fall agonisingly short, and it was a phrase heard all over America in the 19th century
The Star Spangled Banner
On 13 September 1814, during the Anglo-American War of 1812, a British naval force bombarded the American stronghold, Fort McHenry in Baltimore
It's England v France in the ultimate medieval game of thrones, the Hundred Years War. History Revealed explores the brutal showdown between the two nations in the September issue...
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The source of this week’s well-known phrase may not be particularly pleasant, but to find out where the adage comes from, we must all ‘bite the bullet’
East India Company ships destroy Chinese vessels, painting by Edward Duncan
In the 19th century, Britain and France sent in the gunboats to bully China into allowing the sale of opium to its citizens
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