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A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa review – incandescent treasures

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The 18th-century Irish poem Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire is a “keen” written by Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, a woman mourning her husband and raging at his murder. Doireann Ní Ghríofa first encountered it as a schoolgirl ...

Many Different Kinds of Love by Michael Rosen review – a national treasure’s Covid diaries

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“Uh-uh! A cave! We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We’ve got to go through it!” Like the children in his best-known book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen has been through it. With a writer’s ability ...

Roman boat that sank in Mediterranean 1,700 years ago gives up its treasures

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One squally day or stormy night about 1,700 anni fa, a boat carrying hundreds of amphorae of wine, olives, oil and garum – the fermented fish sauce that so delighted the ancient palate – came to grief during a stopo...

UK urged to return sacred treasures hidden away for 150 years to Ethiopia

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They are hidden religious treasures that have been in the British Museum’s stores for more than 150 anni, never on public display – with members of the public strictly forbidden from seeing them. Now hopes have been ...

Rescued library of literary treasures evokes closeness to authors

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In the presence of so much handwritten material by the Brontës, Austen, Scott and Burns, you find yourself imagining that the authors have just popped out of the room. “Manuscripts,” says Prof Kathryn Sutherland, as s...

Lost library of literary treasures saved for UK after charity raises £15m

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It is an unprecedented treasure trove of the UK’s literary heritage, from a letter in which Jane Austen anticipates the end of a love affair, to a handwritten manuscript of Emily Brontë’s poems that was once believed ...

As ‘metal pirates’ loot seabed treasures, there are fears Australia’s first submarine could be next

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Scavengers, trophy hunters and “metal pirates” are looting the treasures under the seas – and there are fears Australia’s first submarine could be next. The location of HMAS AE1’s wreck is a secret closely held by a s...

Offshore loot: how notorious dealer used trusts to hoard Khmer treasures

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In an emotional ceremony in January this year, the government of Cambodia expressed heartfelt gratitude to a British-Thai woman, Julia Latchford, for what seemed a remarkably generous offer of immense cultural importa...

Reginald Mobley is digging deep for forgotten musical treasures

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There’s a quote on the American countertenor Reginald Mobley’s website that sums him up: “One of the joys of seeing Mobley is hearing his beautiful alto come out of a big, tall man who looks more like a linebacker for...

Christchurch: Treasures arise from cathedral ruins, 10 years after earthquake

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Ten years on from Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, the Catholic Diocese has discovered that it is missing a pair of angels. As work continues to deconstruct the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes St...

Running around Waimapihi Reserve in the dark my headtorch revealed hidden treasures

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I’m scared of getting lost in the bush. This is unusual for an essayist. Most of us like to go for a walk in disorienting landscapes and get completely lost so that we can write about it. Rebecca Solnit wrote that ge...