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According to Roberto Saviano, cocaine is the world’s ‘white oil’ underpinning all corners of society, from the grey blocks of Wall Street to the wealthy neighbourhoods of London, ‘the narco-trafficking, money-laundering capital of the world’
Water really is weird. As it freezes, it expands. It freezes faster when hot than when cold. Even just being a liquid at room temperature is strange when many heavier molecules become gaseous at much lower temperatures
‘These are nothing like the swashbucklers from Pirates of the Caribbean.’ That’s what people used to say about Somali pirates. We were to understand that piracy had slowly built up an undeserved romantic reputation
Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century was a melting pot of territorial conflicts waiting to explode, and few regions were more divisive than the area of Alsace-Lorraine, sandwiched between Germany and France
One of the points of his journey, writes Malachy Tallack, was the certainty of its destination: by following the 60th parallel he would inevitably end where he started, home in Shetland
Straight outta Teesdale, Addicted to Sheep is a farming documentary like you’ve never seen before
The estates of Darjeeling produce less than one per cent of India’s tea and opinion is divided over the resulting beverage
Historic England, formerly known as English Heritage, possesses an archive of eight million photographs. This treasure trove of images helps us to trace the development of the nation’s landscape and culture during the period since the invention of the camera

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