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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

In happier times: giant tortoises Bibi and Poldi at Klagenfurt Zoo in Austria

The 115-year itch: zoo shellshocked as tortoises Bibi and Poldi's epic affair ends in a quickie divorce

Bibi attacked Poldi and bit off a chunk of the male turtle's shell, before further attacks

Win a sumptuous three-night stay at one of Austria's finest experience hotels

Austria is a country famed for its beautiful cities, lovely countryside and a relaxed, healthy outlook on life, and it is more and more becoming the chosen location to break away from hectic lifestyles and get back in touch with nature.

Jessica Ennis laughs off 'fat' suggestions

Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis today laughed off suggestions that she was "fat".

The media can't get enough of Jessica Ennis

Athletes are the perfect fit for a sex-mad media

Hot bodies will be as sought-after as gold medals this summer, as Tim Walker reports

Franciszek Smuda said choosing Poland's European Championship squad had been 'incredibly hard'

Franciszek Smuda backs Poland to progress at Euro 2012

The Poland coach, Franciszek Smuda, yesterday announced the European Championship co-hosts' 23-man squad, and declared it the worst moment of any coach's career. Smuda made the announcement, including telling the three players who were surplus to requirements, as Poland wrapped up their training camp less than two weeks before kicking off the tournament.

Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli has produced gold-foiled and be-ribboned chocolate rabbits for the past 60 years

Lindt's trademark hopes felled by lawyers' rabbit punch

Lindt & Sprüngli, the Swiss confectioner that has produced gold-foiled and be-ribboned chocolate rabbits for the past 60 years, has been dealt a crushing blow by the European Union's Court of Justice.

View of Vienna

A Viennese whirl through the life of Klimt

The Austrian capital is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth. Adrian Mourby explores the city he called home

Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie ahead of their half-marathon race in Vienna tomorrow

Paula Radcliffe: I'd be happy with a medal of any colour

Radcliffe admits she is not the Olympics force she was ahead of novelty race with Gebrselassie

24-hour room service: 25hours Hotel, Vienna

Roll up, a chic circus is in town

One Minute With: Donna Leon, crime writer

Where are you now and what can you see?

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner

Daredevil joins the 13-mile-high club as record bid nears

The skydiver Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway to his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

Skiing: Mielzynski pulls off slalom shock

Former water-skier Erin Mielzynski caused a surprise yesterday, winning a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang in a combined time of one minute 53.59 seconds. The 21-year-old Canadian had a previous best finish of 13th at this level. "I just skied on race day like I do in training," she said.

Dutch prince hit by avalanche flown to London

Dutch prince Johan Friso has been flown from Austria to a hospital in London, nearly two weeks after a skiing accident left him with brain damage.

Jbe Kruger collected a maiden European Tour victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi

Kruger holds on after Whiteford disqualification

Jbe Kruger collected a maiden European Tour victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi, after Scotland's Peter Whiteford was disqualified late in the third round for moving his ball.

Dutch prince fights for life after being buried in avalanche

Prince Johan Friso, a prominent member of the Dutch royal family, was in a critical condition last night after being struck and buried by an avalanche while out skiing in the Austrian Alps.

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