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Which are the best comedy shows to see at Edinburgh Fringe?

Paul Wang, Dane Baptiste, Imaginary Radio, Geoffrey Brown and Gareth Morinan all took to the stage at the largest arts festival in the world

Politicians should remember what lack of sleep can do to us.

Comedians Jan Ravens and Andrew Maxwell both took to the stage at the largest arts festival in the world.

Jess Robinson, Tez Ilyas and Rachel Jackson all took to the stage for Fringe week - the largest arts festival in the world.

Comedians Sara Schaefer, Tiff Stevenson and Pippa Evans all took to the stage at the largest arts festival in the world.

Parisians might like to claim a link for their city back to ancient Greece. In fact the stronger connection is a Yorkshire one

Lies, damn lies and Brexit: How fabrication – whatever the consequences – has become a viable political weapon and what the fallout might be

Since Brexit there has been a spike in homophobic hate crime. What are the reasons behind the worrying trend?

One hundred years ago, on July 31 1917, saw the start of the slaughter in that hell they called Passchendaele. Here’s why the battle still exerts such a hold on the national psyche...

Robert Miller, the Brexiteer who keeps writing to us without being published finally gets his say in The New European

When idiocy and immaturity take over, all a writer can do is blow a literary raspberry

Among the most extraordinary works of art are the Black Pictures of Francisco Goya Here is their story...

Not quite ready to laugh about Brexit? This 1960s comic classic brilliantly captures a sense of the undeniable farce the referendum vote has triggered

The Vespa and Lambretta are both characterised by style, beauty and the promise of freedom. But they have divided the world into two equally fanatical set of followers.

There are encouraging signs for bears across Europe. But for one subspecies – numbering only around 50 – the situation is particularly perilous. Efforts are being made to find out more about this isolated population right in the heart of Italy.

Deep in the Arctic is a vault built to help save the world from disaster. But it may not be as secure as we had hoped

In Romanian Moldavia,the Csángós are oppressed by their Romanian neighbours and misunderstood by their Hungarian ‘relatives’.

As Spanish women score a significant success against excessive space-taking by men, we find out why manspreading was an issue they felt needed addressing.

We explore the wonders of European languages with some of the continent’s quirkiest sayings

Hope: we all want to live by it, but lately hopefulness has been in short supply.

A victim of bad timing and Nazi disapproval meant the curiously-titled Schlump vanished into obscurity. But it has been recently re-evaluated and its anonymous author unmasked.

A poignant review of artist Khadija Saye who was among the victims of the Grenfell tragedy

The Aesthetes were the men and women behind the world’s first youth cult

When American rock met European art - a bizarre chapter in rock history to which countless other acts, from David Bowie onwards, owe a debt of gratitude.

Never mind the Tour de France - we pick Europe’s 10 greatest cycle rides

Are Swedes good for your health? Our culture correspondent on Scandinavian philosophy which – it is claimed – can help you live longer

Protests against a controversial new production of Julius Caesar, which depicts the assassinated Roman ruler as Donald Trump, miss the point – you can’t take the politics out of the play

Andrew Scott is magnificent as the Prince of Denmark in Robert Icke’s Shakespeare production

Students relying on Hilary Mantel for their Tudor knowledge may irritate historians. But such writers allow us to better understand the past

Going Dutch – a new blog encourages parents to raise their children the Netherlands way.

We do not condone this and imagine it makes the editor of the Daily Mail very angry…

Edouard Louis’ work explores the rage felt among the French working class which shows no sign of dimming

Mind-boggling palindromes and decidedly odd tongue twisters

In his work, Jeremy Deller’s has taken inspiration from an array of subjects... right up to the Prime Minister’s latest vapid soundbite.

Few family histories better underline the complex relationship between Britain and Germany than Christian Lawrence’s. Here he explains why his fellow countrymen are so sad to see the UK leave

Here’s why 100 years on, echoes of the Spanish couturier can still be found in most women’s wardrobe

“We can’t just destroy a beautiful country” says Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson

Disgusted by Brexit, one artist explains why she chose custard creams to convey her anti-Brexit message

The problem is that these days, it’s not the physical danger that usually brings about a fear – or panic attack – but an emotional one.

There have been various proposals for “neutral” international languages to help countries to get along, but politics always get in the way

Nowhere does Easter quite like Seville. But could the city’s incredible spectacle begin to fade?

It is a tiny country, known for its opaque financial affairs and low tax rates but Luxembourg has become an unlikely contender in the space race

2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Union which emerged from it may be in the dustbin of history, but we are still living in the long shadow of the events of 1917

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