Travel Kora ShoLa base layers

Embrace the very latest in slope-style and stock up with great new gadgets, says Simon Munk

Romero spent Christmas at the South Pole, thus avoiding Santa

Outside Edge: For Romero, the only way is down

One day I really must go abroad at Christmas and get away from it all.

Two die in Austrian avalanche

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

Album: Leonard Cohen, The Complete Studio Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)

Phil Spector may have been able to find the most dramatic settings for some voices, but he met his match in Leonard Cohen's lugubrious baritone: the album they made together, Death Of A Ladies' Man, remains Cohen's least listenable, described by the singer himself as "grotesque", his voice a desperate hostage to the echoey-dungeon arrangements.

Album: Jonti, Twirligig (Stones Throw)

South Africa-born but Sydney-raised Jonti Danilewitz is ludicrously well-connected (he's worked with Mark Ronson, Albert Hammond Jr and Santigold), but debut album Twirligig is all his own work.

Catalani La Wally, Opera Holland Park

The aria - "Ebben? Ne andrò lontano" - famously adorning the films Diva and A Single Man is almost as ubiquitous as the eponymous heroine's name - which features in the Guinness Book of Records as being mentioned more times in Catalani's rarely performed opera than in any other.

Mongrel Island, Soho Theatre, London

"Work is more fun than fun," Noel Coward once declared. As far as we know, though, Noel never had to drudge from nine to five in an office processing the timesheets of care-workers. That happens to be the fate of Marie, the twentysomething harried and likeable central character in Mongrel Island, Ed Harris's accomplished, if slightly trying play.

Hiker finds bodies of six climbers

A hiker yesterday discovered the bodies of six mountain climbers in France's Hautes-Alpes region, the apparent victims of an avalanche.

How reporting left possible victim 'robbed of justice'

The Cowles case

Failed by the law, the police and the media

Trial has scarred us, says Dowler family / Surrey Police sorry for inquiry’s failings / Reporting blamed as second case is dropped

Media face prosecution for contempt

An "avalanche" of publicity about Levi Bellfield, which led to the collapse of an attempted kidnap allegation against him, will be referred to the Attorney General.

Andrew Grice: For a man who won the leadership, he seems remarkably short of friends

Even some of the trade union allies who ensured his narrow victory over his brother are becoming restless

Swiss police search for missing skier

Swiss police continued their search Sunday for a missing skier after an avalanche buried a party of French skiers in the country's south.

Lifeline for battered Lib Dems in Tunbridge Wells by-election

Battered Liberal Democrats were boosted by a shock council by-election triumph in Tunbridge Wells Borough, covering the genteel Kent spa town and home of the legendary "Disgusted".

Must You Go?, By Antonia Fraser

Some of Antonia Fraser's memoir of her decades with Harold Pinter does consist of lustrous names dropping in an avalanche of well-connected badinage onto Notting Hill lawns and Caribbean terraces. But not much.

Briton missing after avalanche

A British national is missing after he was caught in an avalanche in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Foreign Office said.

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