The central trio in science-fiction classic Star Wars/AP
- It's thought that twenty percent of the world's population know and have seen Star Wars. And if you're one of them you can give your old kitchenware a rebellious kick in the vegetables with a Star Wars knife block.
- Oscar-winner Sir Alec Guinness, who played in the film, wrote to a friend at the time complaining about the film's "rubbish dialogue", and had difficulty remembering Harrison Ford's name. Ford's character flew a ship based on an half-eaten burger.
- Actor Paul Blake, who played an alien called Greedo killed in a bar by Harrison Ford's character Han Solo, said that he had taken director George Lucas aside to ask him how to play his character. Lucas replied, "Play it like they do in the movies".
- Harrison Ford is being treated in hospital after being injured on the set of the latest Star Wars film in England.
- People in the United Kingdom should stop being "bashful" about being British, the prime minister has urged, while saying that values of freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law were "as British as the Union Flag, as football, and as fish and chips". Meanwhile, Britishness may soon be a thing of the past. Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on 18 September to decide on their country's break from the United Kingdom, while some are now backing the idea of English devolution.
- In 2015 it will be 800 years since King John signed the Magna Carta, the document which first established the king was subject to the law.
- Brazil have not lost an opening match at the World Cup for 80 years.
- A memorial for all those who have served in the Royal Navy and associated services has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum, and will be known as the Naval Service Memorial.
- Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain's ambassador to the US from 1997 to 2003, said the handling of the campaign against Saddam Hussein was "perhaps the most significant reason" for the current sectarian violence in Iraq. (Read more)
- The USS George HW Bush, which carries dozens of fighter jets, is heading for the Gulf, accompanied by two more warships.
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