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As Scotland agonises about a new spate of sectarian hatred, we hear from Paul McBride QC, who was sent a bomb in the post along with the manager of Celtic FC and a former MSP.
The Today Programme is being broadcast live from London's South Bank Centre today, the main site of the Festival of Britain 60 years ago. Listen to a montage of the sounds of 1951.
How does Britain in 2011 compare to Britain in 1951, the year of the Festival of Britain? Jude Kelly, artistic director of the South Bank Centre, Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, one-time chief executive of the Millennium Dome, and cultural historian Robert Hewison, reflect on the triumphs and failures of post-war Britain.
We are broadcasting from London's South Bank Centre today, the site of the Festival of Britain in 1951. One man who got an early break at the festival was designer Sir Terence Conran, who describes the public reaction to a new wave of modernist architecture.
The Church of England says it wants to change its rules on offering places in its schools after reports that many parents pretend to be practising Anglicans to get their children into Church-run establishments. The Reverend George Curry, a vicar and governor at Newcastle's St Paul's Primary School, looks ...
Our Good Friday boss is Andreas Whittam-Smith, First Church Estates Commissioner, and the man who controls the Church of England's investment money. And Alex Jeater from Datamonitor talks about the impact of rising prices on the petrol pump this Easter.
As a festival of bank holidays approaches, people across the UK are preparing to take a lot of time off. Allister Heath, editor of the financial daily, City AM, and Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler, which is an annual periodical that campaigns against the work ethic to promote liberty, autonomy and ...
We are being warned that bat populations have decreased dramatically since the 1950s, as British wildlife faces an increasingly fragmented landscape. Dr Mark Robinson, national ecology manager for British Waterways, looks at why the flying mammals are having trouble and what we can do to help.
It has been discovered that the iPhone may be even smarter than originally thought, tracking its owner's movements and storing the resulting data. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports on the surprising revelation that has thrown up many questions about the use of data by iPhone's manufacturer, Apple.
Britain spends £7bn a year on incapacity benefit (IB) for over two million people, but new figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show that more than 80,000 current claimants are on IB because they are too obese or have drug and alcohol related problems. Employment minister Chris Grayling ...
Gold rallied above one $1,500 an ounce for the first time yesterday, around £915. Stephen Bell, chief economist at the hedge fund GLC, analyses the week's run of record highs for commodities. Rob Enderle, a Silicon Valley analyst, looks at Apple's latest profits. Investment director at Scottish Widows ...
Tension between France and Italy is growing, after the Italian authorities allowed Tunisian migrants to cross the border into France. Jacques Myard, French MP with Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement, and Lucio Malan, the Italian senator with Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, debate ...
It is exactly a year since the disaster at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 crew and set off the largest off-shore oil spill in US history. Tom Feilden reports from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, where scientists continue to assess the long-term ...
Hospital waiting times in England have jumped to their highest rate since April 2008, according to a report by the King's Fund. Nigel Edwards, who runs the NHS Confederation, and David Flory, the NHS's deputy chief executive, discuss how £20bn of efficiency savings will be made to the protected NHS ...
A compensation ruling which could see banks pay out billions of pounds to customers is due to be made in the High Court today. Ben Heffer, analyst at the financial research firm Defaqto, and Paul Clark, chief executive of Charter UK, discuss what went wrong. And David Weaver, of Global Environmental ...
The novelist Beryl Bainbridge, who died last year, was sometimes known as the "the Booker Bridesmaid", as she was shortlisted five times for the prize, but never actually won. Her friend, the writer AN Wilson, explains why organisers set up a one-off Man Booker Best of Beryl prize, in which the public ...
The new Tesco chief executive is taking over from Sir Terry Leahy at a time of unprecedented challenge in the retail market. Philip Clarke discusses stepping into Sir Terry's shoes and his strategy for "softening" the way the company handles its costumers, staff and shareholders.
More of David Cameron's racing tips.
David Cameron will soon face his first major electoral test since becoming prime minister, when English voters go to the polls for local elections. Ahead of the vote, the prime minister discusses a wide range of issues, including changes to the NHS and just how well the coalition is operating.
Markets in the US and the UK fell sharply yesterday after a leading credit agency warned it might, one day, downgrade US government debt. Julian Chillingworth, chief investment officer at Rathbone Unit Trust Management, looks at the markets. And Natalie Berg, global research director at Planet Retail, ...
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