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The glamorous life of a high society lady

She was an aristocrat, actress, writer - and one of the most famous, glamorous characters on the London and Paris social scenes in the early 20th Century.

Lady Diana Cooper may not be a name we know today but, as a young woman, she moved in high society circles. It's her belongings - collected through the decades - that are of interest this week.

Her possessions are being auctioned off on Wednesday by the Berkshire auctioneers Dreweatts, as Lauren Hall explains.



Frankenstein: a horror story created in Dorset

Halloween on Monday is likely to heavily feature one particularly iconic character. Exactly 200 years ago in 1816 a teenage girl sat down to write a novel which turned into the gothic classic Frankenstein. Mary Shelley had strong family ties with Bournemouth and it was her wish to be buried there. The town will be celebrating her life, and her creation, with its Frankenstein Festival events over the next few weeks, In the second of his features on Mary, Martin Dowse explores how she came up with her classic story, and the controversial question: did she actually write it?

Nicole makes their dreams come true...

'Rays of Sunshine' for Nicole and the children Credit: Rays of Sunshine

Thomas, from Ashford, Tia-Mae, from Strood and Tilly, from Sittingbourne, who are all nine-years-old, as well as 12-year-old Abigail from Sheerness, joined iX Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger for a show-stopping and moving rendition of Ain’t no Mountain High Enough. They performed at The Rays of Sunshine Concert at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

The group from Kent are part of the Rays of Sunshine Wish Choir, a group of 14 brave and inspirational seriously ill children who have all had their wishes granted by the charity that grants wishes for children living with serious or life-limiting illness.

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