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Winter sun in Barbados after Christmas

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More than a year after Nadine Dorries appeared on the reality show I’m a Celebrity… she has finally done what MPs are required to do, and filled in the appropriate part of the Register of Members’ Interests. Thus we learn that being humiliated in the jungle is less lucrative than we thought. According to the Register, she was paid £6,960 while she was on the show, plus £13,268 two months later for associated interviews and photo shoots, making £20,228 in all – half what the pundits guessed she had received.

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Food Miles: Breaks where the heat isn’t just in the kitchen

The season of eating, drinking and making merry is upon us and that might even apply if you’ve jetted off on a sun-drenched winter break. Travellers are particularly well served by the rise of food-themed breaks, tours and packages, celebrity chef hotel residencies and cookery courses. 

St Lawrence beach in Barbados

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Take your partner, family, golf clubs… or a good pair of walking boos

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10 Britons on Caribbean cruise robbed at gunpoint in St Lucia

Some 55 passengers were held up by three gunmen on a bus in town of Soufrière

Amol Rajan: Caribbean big bash threatened by bankers' silly clash

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Premier League survival is more important than FA Cup glory admits Wigan owner Dave Whelan

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With another month of snow forecast, you probably want a holiday. And quite right too - but where?

Almost everybody seems depressed by the constant chill weather. But our Head of Travel has a handy guide for how to beat the gloom in Spring. Try Barcelona!

Two men charged over Barbados shootings

Two men have been charged in connection with the shooting of a British couple on holiday in Barbados, local police said.

How bazaar: colourful lanterns for sale in Istanbul

My life in travel: Kit Kemp

'I've always got my eyes open to design'

A girls-only holiday in Barbados: Swimming with turtles? Nah, let's get room service

What does a teenage girl want most on a fabulous holiday to the Caribbean? A tan? A chance to drive a jet-ski? The possibility of a Rihanna sighting? Well, some might, but my daughter was most excited about ordering room service.

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‘Whether flying fish or snails, have a go’

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Rape victims call for inquiry after winning freedom for accused man

British women say they want Barbados police officers suspended over ‘forced confession’

Two British women raped on Barbados have begun an extraordinary campaign to help clear the man accused of the attacks

'Wrong man' accused of Barbados rapes, say British victims at court hearing

Two British women who were raped in Barbados say the man charged with attacking them has been wrongly accused after meeting him at a court hearing.

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