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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

Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig, By Oliver Matuschek, trans. Allan Blunden

What is the task of a biographer when his subject has already penned memoirs? Perhaps it lies in composing a counterpoint to what they have omitted from their carefully manicured versions. Where famous men of the 20th century are concerned, the autobiographies tend to concur on the importance of the professional over the private, even (unless the author happens to be a politician) over the political.

Leopold Hawelka: Proprietor whose café played its part in the Cold War

Leopold Hawelka, owner of the legendary Viennese café that bore his name, was born the son of a Bohemian shoemaker in the village of Kautendorf in Austria's wine region. Moving with his family to Vienna in 1925, he was lucky to get an apprenticeship as a waiter, a respected profession, at one of the capital's best restaurants. In 1936 he married Josefine Danzberger, a butcher's daughter, who was also employed in the catering trade. Determined to succeed in business, they leased the modest Café Alt Wien.

Children hone their skills at the Gaza Music School, watched by staff

The Gaza Music School: A composition in defiance and harmony

It was damaged by an Israeli bomb – but the Gaza Music School is quickly becoming a symbol of resilience

Handball: British men's world qualifying campaign ends with heavy loss

Great Britain's men finished their world championship qualification campaign with a heavy 40-24 defeat by Austria.

The mass consumption of alcohol is a major pastime

Snow patrol: Lois Hechenblaikner's photographs reveal the seamier side of the Alps

Every year, the Tyrol region of Austria is transformed into the ultimate ski resort: snow guaranteed, party-times promised, a wonderland for tourists to descend upon in their droves. And come they certainly do – over 41 million people visited last year.

Sarah Harding claims injury after fight with boyfriend

Sarah Harding has claimed she was injured in a holiday bust-up with her new boyfriend. 

Two die in Austrian avalanche

Police say an avalanche has killed two people in the Austrian Alps. 

After a month struggling with pneumonia in a hospital in Vienna, George Michael returned to London and gave a press conference yesterday in which he thanked his doctors for saving his life

Fears for George Michael's voice after life-saving op

George Michael uttered a few halting words in front of his London home yesterday, describing his recent brush with death.

Skiing: Kofler jumps to another victory

Andreas Kofler won his third successive World Cup ski jump event yesterday to remain top of the overall standings. The 27-year-old Austrian was fifth in the first round after jumping 125.5 metres. He moved into the top spot after a second-round jump of 129m, securing a total of 252 points.

‘Which way to the beach?’ asks Capello as England book Marbella trip

Week at the beach shows Capello's change of tack

Fabio Capello's attempt to change the style of England's build-up for the European Championship next summer from their preparation for last year's World Cup finals was underlined this weekend when the Football Association announced the team would be spending a week in Marbella.

48 Hours: Vienna

This handsome city is looking its festive best and preparing to celebrate 150 years since Gustav Klimt's birth.

Austria shocked by grim tale of 'another Fritzl'

In a case chillingly reminiscent of the multiple rapist Josef Fritzl, an 80-year-old Austrian man was yesterday being questioned by police amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually abused his two mentally disabled daughters while holding them prisoner in his home for more than 40 years.

Open hero Lewis to take on Americans

Tom Lewis, the 20-year-old from Welwyn Garden City who last month became the first amateur in 43 years to lead the Open, with a record 65, was one of five English players named yesterday in the Britain and Ireland side for next month's Walker Cup match against the United States at Royal Aberdeen.

Trail of the unexpected: Burgenland

Burgenland was Hungarian until 90 years ago, when residents voted to join Austria – creating a unique region.

Colonel Albert Bachmann: Swiss spymaster whose paranoid fantasies embarrassed his government

Colonel Albert Bachmann was Switzerland's colourful but controversial spymaster, who single-handedly made his country's intelligence service a laughing stock. Through his fantasies and paranoia he brought humiliation upon the Swiss government when he was exposed. Loyalists regarded him as a fearless visionary; others agreed with the intelligence agent who dismissed his former boss as "a glorified Boy Scout who saw evil everywhere and believed that he alone possessed the absolute truth about national defence."

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project