World Cup fever seems to have been with us since modern sport began. It has certainly helped to define and position football as a key measurement of national identification and self-confidence within the nations of the United Kingdom.
Seizing on the opportunity afforded by the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta, David Cameron has sought to counter the Trojan horse scandal by ordering that every school pupil be taught the ‘British values’ enshrined in Magna Carta.
Germany and Portugal will make their debut in the 2014 World Cup later today when they meet in the city of Salvador, Brazil.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Germany's first World Cup win, as the country (then known as West Germany) defeated a fancied Hungarian side in Switzerland to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. You can watch highlights from the match above, including rarely-seen colour footage beginning at the 0:51 mark.
The much anticipated Viking exhibition at the British Museum set itself the task to show familiar aspects of Viking life (such as raiding) as well as the connectivity of the Viking world that spanned from modern Russia to Greenland, with contacts as far away as Baghdad and Canada.
It is the time of year when thoughts move to summer reading and there are a number of challenging, erudite and capacious volumes for those pursuing a serious engagement with history and its influence on the present and the future.
They Are the Dogs is one of the most remarkable films to come out of the Middle East and North Africa in the past decade. Directed by Hicham Lasri, it confronts political revolution in contemporary Morocco as Casablanca spills out into the screen – chaotic, unnerving and above all angry.