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Inventing Cyrillic

The Cyrillic alphabet is celebrated across the Slavonic-speaking world, but not only as an appreciation of literacy – it has a political dimension too.

Catching Nessie on Film

The Loch Ness Monster’s first appearance on film captured both the hype and the scepticism surrounding cinema’s newest star.

When Nostalgia Was Deadly

When it was first named in 17th-century Switzerland, nostalgia was a very real – and very dangerous – disease.