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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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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

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Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'