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The Somme beyond the battlefields

One hundred years after the bloody First World War battle commenced, this northern French region offers a more tranquil prospect for the visitor

Do whales attempt suicide?

it is not uncommon for some strandings to involve healthy animals, seemingly unaffected by any of these problems.

Ben Ainslie: The Olympics' most successful sailor on tactics, flying

Calling sailing elitist is a misconception Of course all sports at the highest level are expensive to compete; it costs a fortune to win the Tour de France. But in terms of grass-roots level, it's relatively inexpensive; you don't need your own dinghy, and at my local club in Lymington, local school pupils can sail for a fiver – that's comparable to any other sport.

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Style File: Time to join the jet set

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer shores soon, a tailored pair of trunks will hide all manner of festive indulgence, says Lee Holmes

In pictures: JFK's Cold War nuclear shelter

The hollow steel fallout bunker constructed for President John F Kennedy on Peanut Island near Riviera Beach in Florida is now a museum which attracts about 12,000 visitors a year.