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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

The island’s rugged beauty

Ready to erupt: Troubled times for St Helena

The UK's remotest dependency is poised to enter a brave new world of private enterprise. But the transition is proving painful

Tailspin: A sperm whale dips back under the water

Into the blue of the Azores: It's even easier for whale-watchers to catch one of the planet's great spectacles

Direct flights to these Atlantic islands have resumed.

The anniversary of the start of the Falklands War was marked by ceremonies on both sides of the Atlantic. Margaret Allen, whose husband died on HMS Argonaut, was among the mourners at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire; events in Argentina included one in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

Falklands anniversary: Thirty years on, no reconciliation

Britain and Argentina separately marked the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War yesterday amid renewed tension between the two countries over the fate of the South Atlantic islands, as veterans and islanders gathered by the sea in Stanley, pictured.

Illness forces Suu Kyi to suspend tour

Aung San Suu Kyi has fallen ill while campaigning in a by-election and has suspended her tour of Burma a week ahead of the polls.

Golden fields in the evening sun near Yesnaby

Walk of the month: Orkney

At this time of year, the only company you're likely to have in Orkney is seabirds, as Mark Rowe discovers

'It gets worse as you get older': Falklands survivors reveal how they deal with the memories

Thirty years have passed since a small group of islands in the south Atlantic became headline news but for those who were there, memories of the Falklands war will never fade.

A newly constitutional monarchy: Tupou at his coronation in 2008

King George Tupou V: Reformer who brought democracy to Tonga

King George Tupou V of Tonga was widely seen as a reformer who gave up most of his powers in order to usher in a more democratic era to the small South Pacific kingdom of 176 islands with a population of just over 105,000. Seen as an eccentric by many, Tupou loved Savile Row suits and military uniforms, and had a penchant for the dress of Lord Chelmsford's army in the Anglo-Zulu campaign, with spats, pith helmet and brass. He commanded the Tongan Defence Services, which saw service in Iraq and are now in Afghanistan.

Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, disappeared with her navigator over the Pacific in 1937

New clue sparks bid to solve mystery of missing aviator Amelia Earhart

Hillary Clinton launches search after photograph appears to show fate of US pioneer's aeroplane

It's official: some countries make it difficult to mark your arrival or departure

Tony Wheeler: Someone stamp my passport – please!

The View From Here: On official welcomes

Rock star: Granite boulders at the Banyan Tree resort, Mahé

Traveller's guide: Seychelles

Scattered across 650 miles of the Indian Ocean, these tropical islands offer superb beaches, dramatic scenery and a benign climate.

Passengers and crew take shelter on the deck of the Costa Allegra

Costa braces for PR storm as passengers adrift for days with no power prepare to tell of ordeal

Six hundred passengers from the Costa Allegra were told they will be flown back to Europe later today after spending three sweltering tropical nights aboard the crippled luxury cruise liner.

Mary Dejevsky: An epitaph for the selfish charm of yesterday's bourgeoisie

If you have visited the cinema recently, you will be familiar with the scenario of Carnage, even if you have not actually seen the film; the promotional clips have been aired endlessly.

Farewell to Florida's lost city of Islandia (population: five)

Long-running plans for the resort of Islandia may come to an end next week after spending more than 50 years as a developer's dream.

Norfolk Island running on fumes as residents grapple with fuel shortage

The pace of life is always slow on Norfolk Island, a scenic speck of land in the Pacific Ocean settled by descendants of the Bounty mutineers.

Row your boat: A gondolier

48 Hours: Venice

Italy's most romantic city is the perfect place to take your Valentine – or get into the carnival spirit, says William Cook.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...