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Welsh Road Trips includes the hire of a two-seat electric car

Summer Guide 2013: Roads

Set a gentle pace on the highways of Mid-Wales in an electric car with Welsh Road Trips (welshroadtrips.com), an initiative by three hotels in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Guests are given directions between the three properties, with two nights' B&B provided at each establishment – Lasswade Country House in Llanwrtyd Wells, The Old Vicarage Dolfor near Newtown, and Westview Guesthouse in Llowes. Price £595pp, including hire of a two-seat electric car.

David Bowie: Thin White Duke’s long, puzzling word-list revealed

Never ask an artist to explain their work. Not, at least, if you want to understand it. American novelist Rick Moody, best known for The Ice Storm, broke this golden rule when he asked David Bowie to provide a “work-flow diagram” for his latest album The Next Day.

Album: Goran Kajfes & Subtropic Orchestra, The Reason Why, Vol 1 (Headspin)

The Croatian-Swedish trumpeter and composer's last release, X/Y, beat Björk to the Nordic Music Prize and became this paper's jazz album of the year.

Fanfare Ciolarlia, The Scala, London

The last time they headlined a gig in London was five years ago.

The Fall of the Stone City, By Ismail Kadare, trans. John Hodgson

A mysterious and masterful novel that captures a pivotal moment in Albania's history

Police elections: The Winners and Losers

Lord Prescott loses to Tory in Humberside but vows to fight on

Andros Townsend separates his team-mate Danny Rose and Sasa Markovic of Serbia

British government seeking clarification after England under-21 players are charge by Serbian police

Serbian police have charged two England Under-21 players and one of the team's coaches following this month's stormy European Championship qualifier.

Tom Lees (left) is led off the pitch after the England Under-21s international against Serbia on Tuesday

Uefa president Michel Platini expresses dismay at scenes in Serbia

Michel Platini has written to minister for sport Hugh Robertson to express his dismay at the “disgraceful” scenes that followed England Under-21's win in Serbia last week.

Don Giovanni, Coliseum, ENO, London

Much excitement surrounded the premiere of Rufus Norris’s take on ‘Don Giovanni’. People loved the amoral ambiguity of the scene enacted during the overture in which the Don all but raped an unknown woman, then dressed up in her clothes instead.

Danny Rose appears to make a monkey gesture as he leaves the pitch in response to taunts from Serbia fans

FA may boycott Serbia as hosts go on the offensive

The Football Association has questioned whether it will send teams to Serbia again after the violent and disgraceful scenes which marred the England Under-21 team's victory there on Tuesday night.

Album: Daniel Herskedal, Marius Neset, Neck of the Woods (Edition)

The thought of a Norwegian tuba and sax duet might not set the heart racing, but Herskedal's compositions for earthy brass and airy reed, plus the ambient hum of a vocal ensemble on three tracks, makes for one of the most compelling sounds of the year.

Bell, left, says of Cook: 'Mark is crazy, clearly a dangerous man to know'

How We Met: Martin Bell & Mark Cook

'He was using the News for an outrageous plug while I was under anaesthetic being operated on'

Album: Avalon Trio, Forlana (Marquetry)

Great idea: an improvising trio takes off from the English pastoral tradition on tunes by Delius, Finzi and Vaughan Williams plus two originals.

Orange win makes Obreht the hottest name in fiction

The first-time novelist Téa Obreht's book The Tiger's Wife, a surreal, seductive meander through recent history in the Balkans, has turned the 25-year-old into the latest literary superstar after she was crowned the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction yesterday.

Turkey wants Bosnia and Serbia to join Nato

Turkey wants to help turn the war-ravaged Balkans into a region of cooperation with a joint future in the European Union and Nato, Turkish president said Today, as part of his country's increased involvement in the region where it has historic influence.

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