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10x10 things about 10 years of the Magazine

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It's 10 years since the launch of the BBC News Magazine, in which time we've published thousands of articles, not all of which have been lists of 10 things. But to celebrate the occasion, here is a souped up list of 10x10 things about our first 10 years.

Our first 10 articles

1. Why is it 'OK' to nick software? Our very first article, written by Stephen Tomkins (who still writes for us occasionally), asked if there was a moral difference between shoplifting and copying software. There was, kind of, if you squinted - but it was mostly because of the lower risk of being caught. (7 July 2003)

2. Will free courts lead to a UK tennis champ? To mark Tim Henman's early exit from Wimbledon, we asked if the abolition of court fees could lead to a British champion. At the time of writing, neither had happened. (7 July 2003)

3. A brief history of sticky tape Ahh significant trivia, how we love it. And who would have thought nationalistic stereotyping could have played a part? (7 July 2003)

4. Take our Mastermind quiz More of quizzes later, but here we wondered if Mastermind was as difficult as it used to be. Plus ca change. (7 July 2003)

5. Why have we read so little about Korea? Korea is rarely out of the news nowadays. But in 2003 we pondered why so little had been written about the Korean war. (8 July 2003)

6. A flap in the cream tea county To holidaymakers on their annual pilgrimage, Devon is about cream teas, sand and long sunny days. We looked at attempts to give the county an exotic Celtic edge. (9 July 2003)

7. Spirit of Newbury lives on The story of a former Newbury Bypass protester revisiting his past activism. (10 July 2003)

8. 'This place is just not ready for different people' What's it like to be a Muslim in Northern Ireland? (10 July 2003)

9. Camilla's inherited role as royal mistress Alice Keppel was lover of the Prince of Wales - a strong influence on him and a humiliation for his wife. And she was Camilla Parker Bowles's great-grandmother. (11 July 2003)

10. 10 things we didn't know this time last week You can barely move around the internet nowadays without bumping into so-called "listicles". In a way we're quite proud to have been so early to the genre - in fact even before the Magazine as a concept existed. And the first thing we found? What happened when Tommy Cooper tried on a fez in a Cairo market. (9 May 2003)

10 good long articles, ideal for weekend reading

1. How Israel keeps holocaust memories alive The number of people who survived the Holocaust is dwindling - they are all now old men and women. Kevin Connolly wrote about how Israel is trying to ensure the next generation doesn't forget what happened in Europe seven decades ago. (Based on Longreads.org estimated reading times, this is a 22-minute read)

2. The story of how the tin can nearly wasn't Tin cans have changed the way the world eats. 200 years after they went into production, Tom Geoghegan reported how the invention was almost consigned to failure. (25-minute read)

3. Marwa's story: 10 years since the bomb fell As the US military fought their way into Baghdad 10 years ago, the life of one Iraqi girl was changed forever when she was gravely injured in an air raid, wrote Kevin Connolly. (25-minute read)

4. When Ian Fleming picked my granddad to steal Nazi secrets When naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming set up a secret commando unit during World War II, among those handpicked for duty was Theo Ionides. His grandson Justin Rowlatt writes of the real-life James Bonds. (11-minute read)

5. Did Operation Ore change British society? It was the UK's biggest ever computer crime investigation. Thousands of people were accused of downloading images of child abuse - some were found to be innocent. Jon Kelly and Tom de Castella asked if Operation Ore fundamentally changed the UK. (20-minute read)

6. Mitt Romney's northern English roots The man who could have ended up as US president was well-known as a Mormon, wrote Cordelia Hebblethwaite. What was less well-known was that Romney's great-great-grandfather, a Preston carpenter, was one of the UK's first Mormons. (17-minute read)

7. The cold war rival to Eurovision When nestled behind the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union could not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, wrote Steve Rosenberg. So its answer was to set up a rival Intervision. (12-minute read)

8. Thankful villages The slaughter of WWI robbed the UK of a million lives, leaving no part of the country untouched. But, wrote Jon Kelly, there was a tiny handful of settlements where all those who served returned home. They became known as the Thankful Villages. (15-minute read)

9. 9/11: The 73 minutes that changed my life Like thousands of other New Yorkers, Artie Van Why saw the attacks on the World Trade Center from the streets below, wrote Tom Geoghegan. What he witnessed in those minutes changed his life profoundly. (15-minute read)

10. On the trail of Orwell's outcasts Some 80 years after George Orwell chronicled the lives of the hard-up and destitute in his book Down and Out in Paris and London, Emma Jane Kirby retraced the writer's footsteps to find what had changed. (15-minute read)

10 stories from around the world

1. Neda Soltani: 'The media mix-up that ruined my life' One woman's disturbing story of how her Facebook photograph became mixed up with that of Neda Agha-Soltan, who in 2009 became the face of the Iranian protest movement after being killed.

2. I was the Chinese Girl in Tretchikoff's painting "Ugh - green face!" - Monika Pon-su-san recalls sitting for the painter who became the epitome of kitsch.

3. Maria Toorpakai: The Pakistani squash star who had to pretend to be a boy Initially her father was "too shy" to say she was a girl. She was given a fake name and entered into a competition as a boy. That was a decade ago. Today, she's Pakistan's top female player.

4. David Hemler: 28 years on the run The pacifist who deserted from the US Air Force and was on its most-wanted list for decades.

5. The Uighur from Guantanamo cooking pizza in Albania Abu Bakker Qassim is a pizza chef like no other. Born in China, jailed in Guantanamo, he now cooks halal Italian food in Albania.

6. The man who sent 4,800 messages in bottles And the man from Hackett, Canada, has had more than 3,100 responses from all over the world since 1996.

7. Juliane Koepcke: How I survived a plane crash Juliane Koepcke was flying over the Peruvian rainforest with her mother when her plane was hit by lightning. She survived a two-mile fall and found herself alone in the jungle, just 17. More than 40 years later, she recalls what happened.

8. The house that a billion euros built This is an unlikely consequence of the Irish economic crisis. Artist Frank Buckley decided to express his anger about the property boom and bust by building a house from more than a billion euros of decommissioned notes.

9. The only living master of a dying martial art A former factory worker from the British Midlands may be the last living master of the centuries-old Sikh battlefield art of shastar vidya. The father of four is now engaged in a full-time search for a successor.

10. Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president Meet the president from Uruguay, who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

10 reader follow-ups

1. Tattoo remorse: 25 of your most loathed or loved The barcode from a condom packet.

2. Americanisms: Your most noted examples "The next time someone tells you something is the 'least worst option', tell them that their most best option is learning grammar."

3. 80 things that make men cry "Nothing makes me cry. I do have on-going problems with dust at weddings, funerals and during weepie films, though."

4. Readers' most ridiculed names Emma Element and others write.

5. Cow udder and beef dripping: Forgotten food you want to revive Like thick-seam tripe and honeycomb.

6. 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate Let's touch base about this offline.

7. Your alternative visitors' map The beauty of Canvey Island.

8. 10 monster traffic jams from around the world Rush hours in Manila and elsewhere.

9. Readers' global terms of endearment Meatball.

10. What divorced readers did with their wedding rings The ping as it landed in the bin.

10 10s

1. Facts about Burt Reynolds' nude centrefold

2. Uses for an unwanted England flag

3. Things the Google ethics committee could discuss

4. Stories that look like April Fools Day pranks but aren't

5. Things tourists should know about Milton Keynes

6. Things we still don't know (at time of publication)

7. Things about Ceefax

8. Lesser-known things about the Paralympics

9. Things to do on the last day of your career

10. Things about 29 February

10 stories about language

1. What's so wrong with Comic Sans?

2. In defence of obscure words

3. How do you insult someone legally?

4. What is a fascist?

5. The Oxford English Dictionary and its chief word detective

6. Odd names for people's loved ones

7. So long, long words?

8. Disgust: How did the word change so completely?

9. Are "geek" and "nerd" now positive terms?

10. The s-word

10 stories about religion and ethics

1. What does the Bible actually say about being gay? How do two groups of church-goers interpret the same verses so differently?

2. The ethics of grassing up a dictator When Saddam Hussein had a $25m bounty on his head in 2003, philosopher Julian Baggini pondered the ethical considerations that might have been going through the minds of people considering shopping the dictator.

3. What colour was Jesus? Jesus was named the top black icon by the New Nation newspaper in 2004. So what colour was he? And how long was his hair?

4. The moral of Santa's story Every Christmas millions of parents in the Western world fulfil their role in the Santa Claus fable. But, asked Daniel Sokol, how many will stop to think about moral implications of this seasonal subterfuge?

5. A Hitler dilemma Many people might have no doubts about being prepared to kill Hitler. But what if you were a prominent theologian and noted pacifist? That was exactly the dilemma that faced German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

6. What if you could save five lives by taking one? Ethical dilemmas, plus votes.

7. Aristotle on modern ethical dilemmas Great thinkers have mulled over questions on bank bonuses, social mobility and punishing crime for centuries, said philosopher Mark Vernon

8. How much Christianity is hidden in British society? Stephen Tomkins asked just how much of British culture is inspired by religion.

9. A point of view: The biggest decision Will Self argued that people's right to take their own lives if they wish should be accepted.

10. Spiritual, but not religious Research suggested "spiritual" people may suffer worse mental health than conventionally religious, agnostic or atheist people. But what exactly do people mean when they describe themselves as "spiritual, but not religious"?

10 stories about names

1. Surname "meshing" TomKat, Bennifer, McLooneys?

2. The @rvp who is not Robin van Persie He's Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad, and he was fed up.

3. In search of a baby called Derek Alfie, Ruby, Archie, Jack, Evie, Florence, and Ava are fashionable. Derek is not. Why?

4. In Russian, Gopnik is a "drunken lout" - the curse of having a ridiculous name "Let's just call them Parker," Mrs Gopnik urged her husband when they married and talked of children.

5. Why do some countries regulate baby names? In New Zealand you can be Number 16 Bus Shelter, but not Yeah Detroit.

6. On being Lisa Stansfield By Lisa M Stansfield.

7. Dull and Boring: Should towns embrace silly names? The road to Hell.

8. Is moving on as easy as getting a new name? Ask Allen Konigsberg.

9. Growing up as a Benedict Benedict XVI. Benedict Cumberbatch. Dirk Benedict. And Benedict Arnold. And, er, Eggs Benedict. Not many Benedicts out there, says Benedict Milne.

10. A baby named North West Go west, North West.

10 favourite stories chosen by the Magazine team

1. Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web An evocation of a technology that seemed light years ahead and now seems like a quaint cul-de-sac.

2. Helvetica at 50 You are going to get to your destination on time; your plane will not crash; your money is safe in our vault; we will not break the package; the paperwork has been filled in; everything is going to be OK.

3. Falklands: Could the UK still defend them? Yes.

4. Penny-spending: Is it ever acceptable to urinate in public? Few philosophy textbooks have tackled this ethical conundrum. But millions have wrestled with it, on a highway far from home.

5. The Apprentice: How contestants combine hubris and idiocy "My first word wasn't mummy, it was money," and other lines from the world's finest salesmen and women.

6. Furries: A very unusual subculture explained People - grown-ups - with a fascination with anthropomorphic animals. Furry ones if possible.

7. Metaphoricide: What could replace the 'painting the Forth Bridge' metaphor? Deleting spam?

8. Tearjerker: The long-lost boy who found his mother using Google Earth "When I found it, I zoomed down and bang, it just came up. I navigated it all the way from the waterfall where I used to play."

9. Zzzzzzz: The myth behind our belief in a good eight-hour sleep Two sleeps a night - perfect.

10. Lookism Sighted people assume blind people are free of superficiality when it comes to romance. They're wrong.

10 quizzes

1. 7 questions on cheese (2011) What's the UK's second most popular cheese?

2. How smart are you? Maths (2005) If two angles of a triangle are 42 degrees and 39 degrees, what's the third?

3. 10 questions on grammar (2013) Whose cats are using our neighbour's garden?

4. Movie one-liners (2012) Between two evils, I pick the one I haven't tried before.

5. 7 questions on binge-drinking history (2010) Laws against wine-fuelled orgies (in ancient Rome)

6. Quiz of the year 2003 A classic of its type. Concord retired. But how did Barry Manilow break his nose?

7. Strange inventions (2008) Face-mounted potholing devices and other inventions

8. Teen slang, 2006-style. Could probably now be run as fogey slang.

9. 7 questions on spring and summer traditions (2013) Stinking Bishop.

10. Football chants by nation (2006). Listen to the chant. Guess the nation.

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