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Salem, Massachusetts: The New England town with the darkest past

"Don't worry, I'm the scariest thing here," jokes the guide at Salem Witch Village. This isn't saying a lot. Clad in hooded top, surf shorts and flip-flops, he looks less a teller of gory tales in a "museum" of lumpen waxworks than a man who has taken a wrong turn on his way to the beach. But at least he has made more effort with his appearance than the "exhibits" – a hangman and his rickety gallows, a medieval torture victim on a dusty rack, a dragon sitting next to the fire exit.

Simon Calder: Safe and cheap: a new route to the Caribbean

If today's Caribbean-themed edition inspires you to make connections for the region, you are in luck: the world's best airline is shortly to touch down at an airport near you, or at least an airport served from an airport near you.

Exclusive interview with Sir Richard Branson

Click here to listen to Simon Calder's interview with Richard Branson

Virgin Atlantic took off from Gatwick to Newark, New Jersey, on 22 June 1984. The music mogul Richard Branson leased a second-hand Boeing 747, started selling tickets through Virgin record stores, and began to transform travel as he had music retailing.