"There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself."
—Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist
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- It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.
- VIDEO: Morricone on Clint Eastwood regret Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:44:17 GMT
- Ennio Morricone talks to Will Gompertz about his career in music - and about why he regrets not composing for Clint Eastwood's films.
- VIDEO: Testing Skype's real-time translator Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:16:02 GMT
- Microsoft has launched a test version of the Skype Translator which decodes conversations in Spanish and English in near real time.
- VIDEO: New record depth for deepest fish Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:59:51 GMT
- Fish have been filmed more than 8km down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.
- VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:16 GMT
- Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz
- Xi Jinping and his China Dream Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:20 GMT
- As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
- Distrust hampers Pakistan militant control Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:35:04 GMT
- The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.
- VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:20 GMT
- The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
- What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:30 GMT
- With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?
- Is Chechnya facing wave of jihadist violence? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:39:55 GMT
- Could a period of relative stability in Chechnya be coming to an end, asks Dr Galina Yemelianova.
- Picture power: Doused with milk Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT
- Adrees Latif explains how he captured the moment a man was treated for the effects of pepper spray.
- Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:58 GMT
- Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.
- Nasa emails spanner into space Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:56:57 GMT
- Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.
- Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT
- Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.