Ukrainians around the world celebrate Embroidery Day. Photo

May 19, 2022 Author of the photo, photo by Victoria Yaskevich Caption to the photo, Ukrainian Victoria Yaskevych in an embroidered shirt in Austria Ukraine celebrates Embroidery Day. This holiday traditionally falls on the third Thursday in May. The embroidered... Read more

Laser weapons of the Russian Federation. Can it change the course of the war?

Tom Spender BBC News May 20, 2022 Photo by Getty Images Caption to the photo, Ukrainian soldier demonstrates weapons to combat drones The Russian Federation has announced the use of laser weapons systems against Ukraine. The United States says it... Read more

"I have fulfilled the will of the Ukrainian people – to destroy the USSR." Quotes from Leonid Kravchuk

2 hours ago Photo by Getty Images Leonid Kravchuk has always been considered an excellent speaker and interlocutor. Quotes from his numerous interviews and speeches have been retold from decade to decade. Some of them have survived only in the... Read more

Participant in the war with the Nazis about Russia's attack: "Mad Jackal"

2 hours ago World War II veteran Olga Tverdokhlibova called the military registration and enlistment office in Vinnytsia to remind her that she could shoot well. The 98-year-old woman’s readiness to stand up for Ukraine in the war with Russia... Read more

Britain’s civilised tolerance of Second World War conscientious objectors should make us all proud

Early in the Second World War, pacifist Roy Ridgway was asked by a policeman what he would do if he were approached by a German parachutist. He replied: “I would offer him a cup of tea.” This was a magnificently... Read more

Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunter, review: behold the Alan Partridge of adventuring

Never mind Bear Grylls – is anyone living a more Boy’s Own adventure existence than Ross Kemp? We’ve had Ross Kemp: Alive in Alaska, Ross Kemp on Gangs, Ross Kemp in Search of Pirates, Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon,... Read more

Gnomes, grottos and tame hermits: the weirdest English gardens in history

Lamport Hall is one of Northamptonshire’s nicer mansions. Remodelled in the 1650s by Inigo Jones’s acolyte John Webb, and again by the Smiths of Warwick a hundred years later, it stands serene and resplendent in rolling parkland, the epitome of... Read more

‘Don’t pretend the Vikings weren’t violent’: the grim truth behind The Northman

Written with Icelandic poet Sjón, The Northman is Eggers’s third film. It follows The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2019) which, like The Northman, blended psychological intensity, historical verisimilitude and a lavish enthusiasm for supernatural strangeness. The Witch, for instance,... Read more

If only this exhibition about the Duke of Wellington and his lady friends wasn’t so po-faced

The Duke of Wellington, born Arthur Wellesley in 1769, war-hero of Waterloo and adept politician was also well known as a ladies’ man. Cartoons from the period have him astride a cannon (as a lady says “Bless us! What a... Read more

Trapped in Ukraine’s Soviet Disneyland: a ‘Remainer’ in separatist Donetsk speaks out

As a pro-Ukrainian in the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic, journalist Stanislav Aseyev is not so much a rare beast as an endangered species. When separatist militias seized control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and its surrounding territory in... Read more

Trapped in Ukraine’s Soviet Disneyland: a ‘Remainer’ in separatist Donetsk speaks out

As a pro-Ukrainian in the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic, journalist Stanislav Aseyev is not so much a rare beast as an endangered species. When separatist militias seized control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and its surrounding territory in... Read more

The real Bond? How Hollywood overlooked the other Fleming brother

“’One reads Fleming… for the pleasure of meeting an Elizabethan spirit allied to a modern mind,” wrote Vita Sackville-West in 1934, and for the rest of the 1930s Fleming was often referred to as “a modern Elizabethan”, reviving the lost... Read more

A chilling account of life under siege, by the Anne Frank of Leningrad

June 22 At quarter past 12 the entire country heard [foreign minister] Comrade Molotov’s speech. He announced that at four o’clock this morning, without any formal declaration of war, the German army launched an attack along the western border. Their... Read more

Art That Made Us, review: a great idea but the talking heads talk too much about themselves

But it turns out that some people – artists, mostly – want to insert themselves into the picture. We start with Antony Gormley admiring a beautiful little figure known as Spong Man, carved to sit on top of an Anglo-Saxon... Read more

The ‘Nazi porn’ TV train rolls on – and so does its Churchillian interpretation of history

There is then much debate about whether Chamberlain thought he had bought time by refusing to fight over the Sudetenland, or whether he genuinely thought, in his own phrase, that he had secured “peace in our time”. Some historians are... Read more

Drunken arguments, teenage conquests: Alexander before he was Great

Some of the stories about the early life of Alexander the Great are wonderful. At a young age, he questioned ambassadors from Persia not about childish things, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but about the state of the empire’s... Read more

The war Hollywood won’t touch: where are the big-budget films about the Falklands?

Cinema returns to the same conflicts time and again. For the generations born after the Second World War, the popular image of history’s greatest battles come from the big screen: the harsh conditions and futility of the trenches in the First... Read more

Think Magellan circumnavigated the globe? Wrong!

Typical is his description of the attractions of Brazil: “reputed longevity, abundant food, generous sexual hospitality, and women with insatiable sexual appetites”. The logs of Andrés de San Martin and the man who has come down to us as the... Read more

How the Dudleys played Tudor snakes and ladders – and lost spectacularly

A series of high offices followed in rapid succession: military commander of the Scottish borders, high admiral, governor of Boulogne, envoy to the King of France. More a man of action than a diplomat, he had inherited much of his... Read more

Did Thomas Edison murder the real inventor of cinema?

The trial’s catalyst was the dis­appearance of Le Prince, who, two years after shooting the garden scene, had boarded a train in France – and was never seen or heard of again. Somehow, somewhere between Dijon and Paris, he had... Read more

I went to Vienna to trace my Jewish family’s tragic history – but found hope too

An unpublished memoir “On March 11 1938, a Friday, everything changed and would never be the same again,” my 95-year-old grandmother Erika Renate Przibram wrote in her unpublished memoir, which she only gave to us two years ago. “That evening... Read more

Stalin lost Kyiv in 1941 – and Putin is repeating his mistakes

An uneducated, former manual worker who liked to drink, Voroshilov’s chief qualification for the job was that he could out-toady anyone when it came to sucking up to Stalin. Putin similarly promotes people on the basis of slavish loyalty –... Read more

Punchdrunk interview: ‘Audiences are human – they sometimes misbehave’

While the company has been busy establishing itself as a global brand, most notably with their acclaimed riff on Macbeth, Sleep No More, which opened in New York in 2011 and in Shanghai in 2016, a host of pale imitators... Read more

What if Russia had won the Space Race? One TV drama dares to ask

It’s the most famous piece of TV footage in history. A grainy black-and-white shot of a man in a spacesuit gingerly descending a ladder, and as he sets foot on the surface of the moon he speaks. But he doesn’t... Read more

Why are the English so squeamish about patriotism?

They include the terrible tragedy of the Chinese cockle pickers drowned in Morecambe Bay by the inrushing tide; the manslaughter of a Polish settler in the aftermath of the Brexit vote wrongly – but widely – attributed to post-Brexit antagonism... Read more