The art of hunting down stolen treasures

Image caption Charley Hill led an art and antiques recovery unit as a Scotland Yard detective Mr Hill knows what he’s talking about, having helped solve one of the most high-profile art crimes of the 20th Century – the 1994 theft from an Oslo museum of an 1893 version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. The Norwegian authorities called in Mr Hill’s then employers, the Metropolitan Police, for help in finding the painting, which was taken with embarrassing ease. Posing as a “slightly dodgy, mid Atlantic-accented art dealer”, the undercover detective sergeant managed to make contact with the criminals responsible. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “A masterpiece will tell you itself that it’s a masterpiece – it just jumps out …

‘I help answer the world’s love letters’

The club’s office is a short stroll from Casa di Giuiletta, or Juliet’s house, where throngs of tourists flock every year to snap selfies and pay homage to Shakespeare’s iconic and ill-fated heroine, Juliet Capulet. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The club is a few streets away from Casa di Giulietta (House of Juliet), one of Verona’s top tourist attractions In a tradition spanning decades, the Juliet Club receives an estimated 50,000 letters every year – many addressed simply to “Juliet, Verona, Italy” – and Martin and the other “secretaries of Juliet” respond to every letter or email that has the sender’s address on. Several special letterboxes allow people in the city to send messages without a stamp, meaning …

Wedding planned in four weeks as cancer returns

Image copyright Amanda Coffey Image caption Adeline Hall used a wheelchair, having recently had spinal surgery “I had imagined our wedding one day, but not under these circumstances,” said Mr Hall, from Breaston in Derbyshire. Image copyright Amanda Coffey Image caption The “beautiful” ceremony was organised in just four weeks Mrs Hall, a primary school teacher, recently had spinal surgery to remove a tumour, so used a wheelchair for much of the ceremony. Friend Amanda Coffey said: “It was a beautiful day and everyone managed not to cry, in fact it was a joyous occasion. “The wheelchair was decorated with flowers and fairy lights and Adeline looked wonderful.” Related Topics Cancer Breast cancer Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate …

What’s it like working with someone you’re married to?

However, their contrasting approaches to management have led to more than a few “heated debates” in the office, although never in front of staff. Image copyright James Saville Image caption James Saville and his wife Lara Gould But James Saville, 42, who set up the communications agency Goldbug with his wife Lara Gould, 37, and two other partners in 2014 says most of the risks can be mitigated. “Lots of blokes say ‘how to you do it?’ but we have learnt how to separate our work and relationship. “You have to recognise you bring different skills to business. Respect is a big word; I have to understand that she can do some jobs better than I can, and she does …

The architect who made cancer care a work of art

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Charles studied English literature and architecture at Harvard University. He published more than 30 books, lectured at over 40 universities around the world and was a leading thinker in post-modern architecture. But the course of his career changed the day he crossed paths with Dumfries-born student Maggie Keswick at the Architectural Association in London. They formed a “highly creative partnership”, writes Marcia Blakenham – a founding trustee of Maggie’s Centres. She said: “They travelled exhaustively, looking at buildings old and new, meeting architects, academics and friends, giving lectures, going to conferences and always, everywhere, talking and discussing, arguing and laughing.” After they married, they developed one of the most notable landscape projects in Scotland in their …

Ringo: The Beatles ‘could have made another album’

“We’d made this record, and then we would go off and do whatever we wanted to do. And then Paul would call us and say, ‘Hey, you want to go in the studio lads?’ and we’d do another one. “So it was not the end – because in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. So I never felt it [the end of the band] was in stone.” Image Copyright The Beatles – Topic The Beatles – Topic Image Copyright @ringostarrmusic @ringostarrmusic Report Report Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

New design for Britain’s most-forged banknote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Gompertz takes a look at what the new £20 banknote looks like The new design of Britain’s most common, and most forged, banknote has been unveiled by the Bank of England. Security features on the next £20 note, featuring artist JMW Turner, will include two see-through windows on the note and a metallic hologram. In the first half this year, 88% of detected banknote forgeries were £20 notes, the Bank’s statistics show. The new design, which the Bank describes as its most secure, enters circulation on 20 February next year. Why is the £20 note important? The most commonly circulating banknote in Britain is the £20 note, with two billion of …

‘We haven’t had a boom like this for 40 years’

Emin has never wavered in her passionate support for her hometown, believing in its beauty, its sunsets and skies. These famously also inspired the Romantic artist JMW Turner, after whom both the Turner Prize and the Turner Contemporary are named. Image copyright Alamy Image caption Trendy cafes are now a feature of the Old Town Figures show thousands of people visit the town each day. “Now there are new restaurants, there’s a vintage theme park, there are thousands of people on the streets, people on the beaches, people on the harbour arm, people dancing, people swimming, the caves have reopened, the shell grotto has never had so many visitors, the trains are so busy you can’t get a seat,” says …

Downton Abbey film: 14 things you need to know

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe cast of Downton Abbey discuss going from the small to the big screen It’s been talked about for years and now, finally, Julian Fellowes’ hit ITV period drama is transferring to the big screen. All your favourite characters have returned – get ready for those famous Dame Maggie one-liners – along with a few high-profile new faces, including Imelda Staunton and Killing Eve’s David Haig. The film centres around a visit from the King and Queen, which has got both the Downton household and the village all aflutter. Reviews have been warm if a little underwhelming, with many publications, including The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian and the Daily Mail, giving …

An accidental celebrity 6,000 miles from home

Growing up in the middle-class town of Cheltenham in the English Cotswolds, Dan’s upbringing was nothing out of the ordinary. Image copyright Alex Duncan Image caption Dan on a holiday to Magaluf in 2007 In 2008, Dan had saved enough money for a backpacking trip to South-East Asia with some friends, including myself. Although he came back to the UK after just a couple of months, he decided to return to the region later that year. Little did he know that the decision to return would change his life forever. Dan wound up on the tiny island of Pulau Kapas on Malaysia’s east coast. Rather than just spending his time travelling with Western backpackers, Dan decided to immerse himself among …

An ode to our trees, marking 100 years of conservation

Forests have played an important role in our cultural imagination – as well as historically and industrially, says the writer and artist. “They’re just very intertwined with our British identity, which I love.” Image copyright John Hathaway Image caption Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire Commissioned by the Forestry Commission in its centenary year to tell the story of the nation’s forests, she has set out to write a literary ballad with a twist, inspired by her love of the romantic poets and their connection with nature. “I wanted to tell a story with the forest as the protagonist of these narratives, so that people can start to understand that we are all part of nature and that the forest and the wildlife …

Punk and politics collide on Mercury list

Listen to a playlist of the nominees on BBC Sounds Wolf Alice win the 2018 Mercury Prize They’ve championed several guitar bands on a strong, urgent shortlist – from Dublin punk newcomers Fontaines DC to festival headliners Foals; while British rap is represented by Little Simz, Dave and BBC Sound of 2019 runner-up slowthai. Meanwhile singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, whose album Hunter interrogates the constrictions of gender stereotypes, has now been shortlisted for each of her first three albums, equalling a record set by Coldplay. And The 1975 could become the first band since Arctic Monkeys in 2007 to win the Mercury Prize and be named best album at the Brit Awards. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMercury …

England’s Big Picture: Sharing images of the nation

Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England. The picture below is from Sophie Bond of Tewkesbury whose dog Alfie timed his photobomb paw-fectly. This man photobombed his wife 11 years before he met her Pink rainbows spotted over England Squirrel joins couple for romantic moment Seagull’s pasty swoop caught on camera Scroll down to see more readers’ pictures from around England this week. Image copyright Arthur Weaver Image caption This photograph was taken by Arthur Weaver in Christchurch, Dorset Image copyright Frank Samet Image caption This photograph was taken by Frank Samet at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. Frank says: “What caught my attention was the open rear door seen through the open front door …