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Snow report

Some years ago I emerged spluttering with cold and damp into a raging blizzard above Val d'Isere. It was two weeks before Christmas, the weather was dreadful, the snow was deep. Our hardy troupe of early season skiers were ecstatic. It looked as if a perfect winter's skiing lay ahead.

Where is this year's ski sensation?

You might be surprised. By Stephen Wood

Mountain men take to the field

James Corrigan looks at the world's newest footballing nation: Andorra

Football: The cynical managers, now long in the tooth, might tell Hoddle that he is wasting his time and will, inevitably, be let down

The dressing-room at a football club is a very special type of place for those granted entry. It can even become a player's second home. It is a club within a club, with very few secrets.

Shopping for a chalet

To own a home on the side of a ski slope, with only a few metres of crisp snow between your front door and the ski lift, must be the dream of many a passionate skier. Skiing is, of course, an expensive sport, but if you buy a chalet or apartment in a good location you can cover your costs by letting it out when you are not there.

Cycling: Tour pays tribute to Anquetil

The 1997 Tour de France, which will start in Rouen in honour of the late five-times winner Jacques Anquetil, returns to its roots with an almost entirely French itinerary.

Sanchez Vicario faces tax investigation

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is under investigation to establish whether she has been breaking Spain's tax laws by declaring herself a resident of the fiscal paradise state of Andorra, the national daily El Mundo said Wednesday.

No more fog on the Tyne

There's more to theatre on Tyneside than the 'Wor-Geordie's-down- the-pit-again' school of drama, as Clare Bayley finds out from Alan Lyddiard, the artistic director of Northern Stage. Plus, below, we profile new talent in the North-east

A VIEW FROM THE STALLS

"We've had such a nice year - the special offers encourage you to go and see a catholic selection. The theatre itself is very welcoming, very user-friendly."

Resort of extremes BOROVETS: CHEAPEST

For worthwhile skiing at low, low prices, eastern Europe has no rivals. Italy may be good value, and duty-free Andorra the place for a low-cost riot, but in terms of cost, eastern Europe is in a different league. No doubt in future the chilly mountains of several eastern European countries will accommodate interesting ski resorts, but for the moment Bulgaria is the prime territory, and Borovets is its most impressive resort.

Travel: So, how was it for you?: Ski schools are a very varied lot. Chris Gill ponders the problem of measuring their relative merits

HOW CAN you tell which ski schools are good? Turn to the pages of the serious ski resort guides such as the Good Skiing Guide or my own Where to Ski and you'll find appropriately serious-sounding evaluations of ski schools, based on reports sent in by holiday-making correspondents. I know of no better approach. But the resulting advice is generally of limited value.

Where shall we meet: Bar Gansa

Inverness Street is that market in Camden where the vegetables sit on stalls rather than loitering in crushed velvet and sunglasses. This bar has a frontage so narrow as to afford only two tables, but is positively Tardis-like inside.

Creativity: One, two, three, four, five, A Range Rover did I drive

THANKS to the diligence of readers, this week we are able to offer a complete compendium of modern nursery rhymes. Tim Crosbie comments: 'Nursery rhymes are supposed to be based on some mild form of political satire,' but he believes that modern children are more open, direct and frank about life than previous generations. That spirit is reflected in his contribution:

Spain's divas tackle real tragi-comic roles

IT IS tragi-comic enough to make an entertaining opera. Reaction to the fire that destroyed Barcelona's Liceu opera house last week has all the elements. There may even be a cameo role for the Prince of Wales.

The Week Ahead: Gatt set for its last lap

IT IS the last lap for Gatt and Sir Leon Brittan, the EU's chief trade negotiator, and the US Trade Representative Mickey Kantor meet today in Brussels to try to clear the remaining obstacles to a world trade deal before next week's deadline. The Americans are going some way to meet French objections to the Blair House accord on cuts in subsidised farm exports, and if there is agreement on agriculture, the rest may fall into place.
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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

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Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes