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—Van Wyck Brooks (1886-1963) American critic, historian

 

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Star MI5 wartime agent was bank clerk  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:01:45 GMT
A wartime MI5 agent who secretly penetrated the ranks of the UK's Nazi sympathisers has been identified as an unassuming suburban bank clerk, new files show. 
Day in pictures: 23 October  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:21 GMT
24 hours of news images: 23 October 
Your pictures: Steps  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:11:23 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "steps" 
In pictures: Feline focus  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:39 GMT
An online exhibition of cats 
In pictures: Ottawa shootings  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:13 GMT
Images from outside the Canadian parliament 
In pictures: India celebrates Diwali  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:27:42 GMT
Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival 
Day in pictures: 21 October  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:53 GMT
24 hours of news images: 21 October 
What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:56:22 GMT
What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites 
In pictures: Derry in 1969  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:36:19 GMT
Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron 
The day UFOs stopped play  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:31:00 GMT
The day UFOs stopped play - and a crowd of 10,000 gasped 
Quiz of the week's news  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:37:27 GMT
Why is Florida angry with Breaking Bad? 
Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:51:21 GMT
Mosul diary: Inside the city ruled by Islamic State 
Ukraine: Land of chaos and courage  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:36:39 GMT
A journey across a Ukraine wracked by conflict 
Silicon Valley's billion dollar failures  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:04:53 GMT
Silicon valley's billion dollar start-up failures 
How technology is transforming Tasmanian farms  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:34:41 GMT
How technology is revolutionising farming in Australia