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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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UK border staff 'not ready' for Ebola  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:20:49 GMT
Immigration and customs staff feel unprepared to deal with people arriving in the UK with possible Ebola infections, union leader warns. 
Crews work on at pier fire scene  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:19:41 GMT
Firefighters remained at the scene overnight of a devastating fire that destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier. 
New Ofsted chair to be announced  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:57:51 GMT
Businessman David Hoare is set to be announced by the government as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, the BBC understands. 
Warm weather hits British Gas profit  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:10:28 GMT
British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather. 
Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:19 GMT
News photos from around the world 
A community's tales  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:56:05 GMT
Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir 
Day in pictures: 25 July 2014  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:50:49 GMT
24 hours of news photos: 25 July 
'Hidden' photos reveal library build  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:44:32 GMT
'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library 
Your pictures: Cycling  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:53 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "cycling" 
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:09 GMT
Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US 
Taiwan plane crash: In pictures  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:50:20 GMT
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan 
Prince George's first year  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:37:31 GMT
Prince George's first year 
The perils of the Streisand effect  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:51:11 GMT
Just what are the dangers of the Streisand effect? 
American Vogue's first black cover girl  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:57:40 GMT
US Vogue's first African American cover girl 40 years on 
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Islamic State's driving force  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:58:01 GMT
The shadowy leader behind stunning rise of the Islamic State