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The Order of Service at the funeral of comedian Sean Hughes at Islington and Camden Cemetery in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sean Hughes was laid to rest at a London crematorium on Monday to the sound of Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by The Smiths. The comedian, who died on(...)

The late Victoria Wood with Boyzone members Keith Duffy (left) and the late Steven Gately in Leicester Square, London, to help launch the 1999 Comic Relief appeal. File photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Figures frm the worlds of comedy and acting paid tribute to Victoria Wood, with many stars citing her as an inspiration. Comedian James Corden said: (...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)