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Javier Marías at his home in Madrid. “I love Swift, Wilde and Heaney.” Photograph: Francis Tsang/Getty Images

The year 1980 was an exhilarating time to be alive in Spain. General Francisco Franco had died five years earlier, in November 1975. There followed a(...)

Licio Gelli: even though he was given a 10-year sentence for having “derailed” the Bologna station investigation and a 12-year sentence for his role in the Banco Ambrosiano collapse, Gelli actually spent little time in prison.

Licio Gelli, one of the most controversial public figures of the entire post-war era in Italy, died on Tuesday night in his private Villa Wanda reside(...)

 The City of Arts and Sciences designed by Santiago Calatrava

Nowhere has fortune favoured the brave more than in Valencia. The 2,000-year-old city, one of Spain’s oldest, was founded by retiring Roman soldier(...)

Cavan’s Eugene Keating locks horns with Kieran Duffy and Drew Wylie of Monaghan in the Ulster Championship two years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Even allowing for the usual vagaries, the 1995 Ulster Championship was a spin-the-wheel job. Down came into it as All-Ireland champions and were finis(...)

Plot 216 in St Mary’s cemetery, Kensal Rise: Patrick O’Donnell’s long-neglected resting place

London, Wednesday Over in the corner by the railway line, he lies, unmarked. From beyond the green metal fence you can hear the rattle of the Bakerloo(...)

Richard Attenborough in 2008: the film Gandhi marked the pinnacle of his career. Photograph: Getty Images

Richard Attenborough, the film director who chronicled the end of British colonial rule in India with his Oscar-winning epic Gandhi and performed in m(...)

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