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VIDEO: 8 quick tips for defrosting your car on an icy morning

With the UK braced for an extremely cold week of ice and snow, drivers will be faced with the prospect of defrosting their cars in the morning.

But what is the best way to deal with this chilly problem?

Watch the video above for our 8-point guide for getting up and running quickly and safely.


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Civilisations: the BBC documentary series that’s been three years in the making

A new nine-hour documentary series charting the rise and fall of some of the most important civilisations in history is coming to BBC2 next month.

Civilisations begins on 1 March, and will aim to be just as encyclopedic as the series it is spiritually succeeding – Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, from 1969.

The nine-part series aims to introduce new generations to the artistic works of the past, using each as a point to examine the civilisations they came from – from the marks on cave walls made 40,000 years ago, to the art of the present.

Travelling across six continents, Civilisations will compare those societies to today’s modern, globalist population, looking at paintings and sculptures to answer fundamental questions about human creativity.

The Civilisations episode on 'How Do We See?' features the Acropolis in Athens
The Civilisations episode on ‘How Do We See?’ features the Acropolis in Athens (Photo: BBC)

Who are the presenters?

Historian Simon Schama heads up the trio of presenters. The Professor of History and Art History at New York’s Columbia University is no stranger to extensive documentary projects, having fronted the 15-part series A History of Britain between 2000 and 2002.

Another well-known face, Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature, and has fronted recent BBC documentaries on Ancient Rome and Pompeii.

David Olusoga has presented a number of historical documentaries (most recently A House Through Time), and has written award-winning books on military history.

With an academic focus that also includes the histories of race and slavery, he’s perfectly poised to provide deeper context to some of the darker periods of humanity’s history.

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Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’ was a landmark series (Photo: BBC)

Even the trailer for Civilisations runs to nearly seven minutes, a reflection of the show’s mammoth scope.

“It’s taken three years of thinking, writing, filming and editing, every shoot, every encounter with great art, a daunting challenge and an immense satisfaction,” Schama revealed.

Civilisations: more than a TV series

Beyond the TV series, there will also be the Civilisations Festival, which will see the BBC partner with more than 250 museums, galleries, libraries and archives across the UK.

Then there’s Civilisations Stories, a collection of 11 programmes on BBC1 exploring the art of each region, and what they say about the communities in which we live.

David Olusoga on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia
David Olusoga on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia (Photo: BBC)

Beard will also present Civilisations on your Doorstep, a one-off programme that will explore the stories and controversies behind extraordinary works displayed in museums across Britain.

There will also be two special Performance Live programmes, special broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and The Civilisations Podcast will explore the themes raised in the main programme.

When can I watch it?

Civilisations begins on BBC2 on Thursday 1 March. More info on the BBC website.

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Dippy the Diplodocus begins UK tour – when and where to see it

After spending more than a century delighting visitors in London, Dippy the Diplodocus has embarked on a UK tour.

The 26 metre long plaster cast of the dinosaur skeleton has stood in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London since 1979, but now it’s on the move for the next three years.

It’s estimated that 5 million people will see Dippy at the eight locations across the UK, which have all been chosen to cover the grand sweep of geological time.

Dippy in its new temporary home in Dorchester (Photo: Natural History Museum)

The tour begins on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, and ends in Norwich, exploring how we might secure a sustainable future. It will also visit Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and Rochdale.

Dippy only just squeezed into Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, with 4in (10cm) to spare, where it went on display at the weekend.

Dippy the Diplodocus tour dates in full:

10 February – 7 May 2018: Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
26 May – 9 September 2018: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019: Ulster Museum, Belfast
22 January – 5 May 2019: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
18 May – 6 October 2019: Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
19 October 2019 – 26 January 2020: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
10 February – 28 June 2020: Number One Riverside, Rochdale
11 July – 31 October 2020: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

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Dippy in its former home at the Natural History Museum

Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905.

Watch a timelapse of Dippy being installed in Dorchester:

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is supporting the tour, said: “Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the heart of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he works his way round the UK. The Foundation’s Trustees are looking forward to Dippy taking pride of place in the different venues and to seeing children enthused and engaged by the wildlife around them.”

Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum.

Diplodocus facts


Dippy – a member of the Diplodocus carnegii species – would have lived between 145 million and 156 million years ago in North America, at the end of the Jurassic period.

A Diplodocus has 292 bones, although Dippy comes together in 86 pieces.

The meaning of the name Diplodocus is ‘double beamed lizard’ – in reference to its double-beamed chevron bones located in the underside of the tail.

They were plant eaters with peg-like teeth, designed for stripping the leaves from ferns

Early research believed that Diplodocuses would have stood with their necks high in the air. However, more recent studies have suggested the neutral position was more likely to have been horizontal.

They are the longest known dinosaur, and could measure up to 27 metres. They weighed about 12 tons (equivalent to a large truck).


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