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It's a question as old as time: do you eat out for Valentine's Day or brave the kitchen yourself in a foolhardy attempt to impress your partner? On the one hand, if you dine out, you won't burn your kitchen down, desperately scraping ashen steak chops off the oven walls as your love weeps into her napkin.
It's time to dust off your racket and wrestle the tennis balls from your dog's mouth. Wimbledon 2013 is upon us! Wimbledon is now as much a feature of the British summer as barbecues, Henley Royal Regatta, and summer rain.
In recent years it's become a feature of the British summer season. Whether or not tennis is your game, for two weeks in June/July a nation dares to hope. We've been getting closer--first, with Come on Tim! Henman and now Andy Murray. Today the collective sentiment is more expectation than flight of fantasy, though the reality remains elusive. It hasn't always been so.
As 1 April nears you may be planning the perfect joke, hoax, or act of revenge. If so - and if you're looking for inspiration - may we recommend some of British history's finest hoaxers, courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.