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The three-metre animal, believed to be a female tiger shark, was caught on bait lines and shot in the head four times at close range

The digital age has changed the way we photograph our holidays

Henrietta Thompson: Is it time to put our holiday snaps back in the frame?

This summer (which happened last weekend, in case you missed it), I was mostly to be found spreading out a huge box of old photographs to dry in the sun in my dad's garden. Holiday snaps, I thought, as I salvaged pack after pack of rain-soaked Prontaprints featuring Seventies blue skies and Nineties nostalgia, have changed phenomenally. And so, it seems, have the holidays themselves.

Family fun near Faliraki

There's much more to the Aegean island than hedonistic nightlife, says Jane Anderson

£2,886 - Thomas Cook

Travel challenge: a school summer holiday beach break in Turkey

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a family beach break in Turkey during the school summer holidays. Prices are in total for two adults and two children. Each includes flights from Gatwick in August, transfers and a week's all-inclusive accommodation.

David Cameron and his wife on holiday

Going away? Don’t forget the cameras Mr Cameron

It’s difficult for senior politicians to take a break abroad. David Cameron came under fire for jetting off to Ibiza for the weekend in the midst of a terror alert. Which made the first-day-of-holiday photo shoot all the more crucial.

Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was one of the beaches which received the red flag for their water quality

No swimming: Britain has some of the worst quality bathing water in Europe

Torrential rain that washes sewage into waters people might want to swim in blamed

Woman found alive after disappearing while swimming in sea off the Lincolnshire coast

Coastguard watch manager says 23-year-old 'has been very lucky'

Bright lights: Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida

My life in travel: Dawn O'Porter

'Miami Beach is gorgeous and the city has such a buzz'

The Devon coast

Summer Guide 2013: Beaches

Explore the coral beaches and white-sand shores of Connemara in Ireland on a new sea-kayaking adventure. The guided ocean trek is based on the tales of Granuaile, a 16th-century Gaelic pirate queen. It traces her route along the Atlantic coast from Connemara to Achill Island, staying at waterfront B&Bs along the way. The price is €1,250 (£1,058)pp, based on two sharing, with Wilderness Ireland (01479 420020; wildernessireland.com), including six nights' B&B, some meals, equipment hire and the services of a guide. Travel to Connemara costs extra. Departs 1 June and 7 September.

Jennifer Lopez was rushed off the set of her new music video in Florida after gunshots were heard nearby

Jennifer Lopez bundled to safety by minders after gunshots ring out during music video filming

Jennifer Lopez was rushed off set for her latest music video in Florida after “gunshots” were heard close by.

Portfolio: Yann Arthus-bertrand

The Bank Holiday crush, Rio style.

Beach boy: Aldeburgh, where Benjamin Britten swam every morning

Heads Up: Britten in Aldeburgh

Grimeswatch: in the concert hall, on the beach, round town …

Travel Challenge

A week in the "White Isle" of Ibiza at the start of the season

Floraleda Sacchi, Philip Glass: Metamorphosis (Amadeus Arte)

Album review: Floraleda Sacchi, Philip Glass: Metamorphosis (Amadeus Arte)

Floraleda Sacchi's harp lends itself particularly well to the minimalist logic of Philip Glass's progressions on this anthology of transpositions, never better than on the “Opening” from Glassworks, where the bass pulse beds beautifully among the mirroring figures of the theme.

British man dies after swimming off popular Lanzarote beach

A Briton has died after getting into difficulties in the sea off the Canary Islands.

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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

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

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
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us