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The Graf Zeppelin was the first aircraft to fly passengers around the world, and this map shows its route


A gilt-covered console table for Chiswick House

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain at the V&A in London

The Brotherhood of Jomsborg re-enactment society

Welcome to the modern Viking world

A compendium of letters, ship’s logs, trading reports and exotic traveller’s tales

Other Books We’re Reading

Elegantly doing nothing was the object of his life

Line of Beauty: The Dandy

No writer has done as much to make comics worthy of critical attention.

Alan Moore

We recommend a chiselled gem of a novel about two men in rural Wales

Six Good Books

Lucite, rhodium and Swarovski crystal bracelets by Alexis Bittar

Synthetic jewellery

The Brecon horseshoe in Wales makes for a bracing windswept walk

A Walk on the Wild Side

Cold enamel rings by Anish Kapoor

Synthentic jewellery

The man who went back to China after 75 years

Features: Once Upon a Time in Peking

Scrapyard workers in São Paulo find space for a kickabout

Football in Brazil