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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

The Mattress House By Paulus Hochgatterer

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Austrian Tyrol, Bruges, Iceland

Now... Sound of music

Departing next Saturday, Inghams has a week-long ski break in the Austrian Tyrol. It includes B&B at the Hotel Edelweiss in Alpbach, flights from Stansted to Innsbruck on 25 February and transfers, for £479 pp. Inghams.co.uk

Judy Murray is leading the current team

Great Britain to face Sweden in Fed Cup

Great Britain have been drawn away to Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on April 21-22.

Album: Various artists, Spiritual Jazz Vol 2 (Jazzman)

Indie-label Jazzman has become the leading imprint for lovingly annotated compilations of bygone jazz exotica.

Boats are seen on a frozen stretch of theRiver Danube in the Serbian capital,Belgrade, yesterday. Army explosives teams have begun using dynamite to break up ice floes up to half a metre thick

Cold down the river Danube

Hundreds of miles of Europe's busiest waterway are frozen solid – and from Bavaria to Bulgaria, the continent's economy is seizing up too. Tony Paterson reports from Berlin

Market Report: Evraz echoes out-of-form Chelsea as Roman suffers

His Chelsea team has not exactly been at the top of its game recently, and yesterday another of Roman Abramovich's investments found itself under pressure. Evraz – the steelmaker which is part-owned by the Russian oligarch – was on the slide amid fears a lack of short-term demand for the metal will blow the whistle on its recent rally.

Britain surge into Fed Cup play-offs

Great Britain stormed to their third win in the Fed Cup last night when they kept up their 100 per cent record with a 3-0 victory over hosts Israel.

Vienna's ball season opens with the Kaiserball in the Hofburg palace

Waltz and all: far-right party hosts ball in Vienna

Austria's ballroom season explodes in acrimony over the Freedom Party's event. By Tony Paterson

Vienna's ball season opens with the Kaiserball in the Hofburg palace

Waltz and all: Far right has ball in Vienna

Austria's famed ballroom season has exploded in acrimony over an event hosted by the Freedom Party

Deals of the week: Berlin, Niederau, Sri Lanka

Less than £200... Berlin bound

Starting from 3 June, the airports of Birmingham and Manchester will be directly connected with the German city, thanks to new flights from Lufthansa. Visit the Opodo website before tomorrow (26 January)to take advantage of some early booking offers. Return economy fares start at £83; while three-night packages including accommodation areavailable for £186 per person fortravel between 3 June and 31 December. Opodo.co.uk

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<p>£23, jasmineway.co.uk</p>
<p>There isn't anything subtle about this retro vase from Jasmineway but if you are looking for a statement vase, this is the one for you.</p>

The 10 Best vases

1. Retro Yellow

£23, jasmineway.co.uk

There isn't anything subtle about this retro vase from Jasmineway but if you are looking for a statement vase, this is the one for you.

Peak condition: The charming Austrian resort of St Johann

Snow Report: Austria's welcome still warm... after 50 years

I'm proud to say that my mother was one of the first package holiday tourists to venture abroad soon after the Second World War, when leisure travel began to lower its costs and thus widen its appeal beyond the upper classes.

Traveller's guide: Late-season snow

Fancy some fun in the sun? The time to hit the slopes is as spring takes the edge off winter's chill, says Matt Barr

The Kaiserball at the Hofburg castle opens the Vienna ball season last year

Austria: 'Neo-Nazi' ball has its last waltz with Unesco

The Viennese Ball, regarded as a highlight of Vienna's social calendar, has been struck off a Unesco list of celebrated Austrian traditions after being linked with Neo-Nazi groups.

All clear: Skiers don't need high altitude to get the best of Schladming's wide slopes

Back in snow business: Conditions are perfect on Schladming's championship pistes

Austria cut off: that sums up the headlines this week, with thousands of skiers in leading resorts such as Ischgl and St Anton unable to escape following what was reported as a season's snowfall in a few days. By now the roads should be clear, the skiers home and the prospects fine for the rest of the winter.

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