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Lose yourself in the enchanting scenery and crystal waters of this historic chain of islands – perfect for relaxation and activity alike

Gitta Gschwendtner's giant tea-cup planter, £159, theo-theo.com

The Insider: Interesting house plants

My house plants are a disgrace: one has been with me since university, while the others are scabby hand-me-downs. But now I'm ready for some more sophisticated green in my life – especially as indoor plants can reduce stress, boost happiness and help us to breathe better...

Album: Vivaldi, Il Cimento dell'Armonia... – Avison Ensemble / Beznosiuk (Linn)

Though based in the North-East, the Avison's double-disc of Vivaldi's Opus 8 Violin Concertos rivals the sun-kissed performances of Europa Galante and Concerto Italiano.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on his way to victory yesterday

Hamilton accused by Massa over latest crash

Brazilian rejects stewards' decision and accuses 2008 champion of 'fatal attraction'

Bermuda braced for Tropical Storm Gert

Residents of Bermuda were today hauling their boats on to beaches and shuttering their homes as Tropical Storm Gert nears the archipelago.

American Caesars, By Nigel Hamilton

These brisk studies of the 12 US Presidents from "empathetic", "prescient" Franklin D Roosevelt to "bullying, snide" George W Bush combine deft concision, sharp judgements and tremendous readability.

Bermuda: Ex-leader's son faces sex charges

The doctor-son of Bermuda's former leader sexually assaulted 12 of his female patients, including an undercover vice officer, a prosecutor says.

A Last English Summer, By Duncan Hamilton

Canterbury Cathedral is "bleached white, as though it were built from mother of pearl rather than stone", while Scarborough castle "caught in silhouette at twilight, looks as if it belongs in an adventure story for boys from the Fifties."

Lancashire hit by ground setback

Lancashire have suffered a fresh setback to their plans to redevelop Old Trafford and secure the ground's future as a Test match venue.

The Pan Book of Horror Stories, ed Herbert van Thal

When I was at school, the Pan Book of Horror series was all the rage. The later books were full of crudely sadistic stories that disgusted rather than horrified, but this facsimile of the very first one is full of tales both creepy and pleasurable.

The Wave: In Pursuit Of The Ocean's Greatest Furies, By Susan Casey

How would you feel if you knew that Homer had paid Odysseus to tangle with the Cyclops? Or that Flaubert was giving some kind of financial inducement to Madame Bovary to sleep with Rodolphe? What if Norman Mailer, while reporting on The Fight, was standing up ringside and yelling out, "Ali, stay glued to those damn ropes, I'm signing the check right now!"

Peter Tobin drops Vicky Hamilton murder appeal

Serial killer Peter Tobin has dropped his appeal against his life sentence for murdering schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton, it was confirmed today.

Now Atlantic is found to have huge 'garbage patch'

A huge expanse of floating plastic debris has been documented for the first time in the North Atlantic Ocean. The size of the affected area rivals the "great Pacific garbage patch" in the world's other great ocean basin, which generated an outcry over the effects of plastic waste on marine wildlife.

Simon Usborne: Tips for all you cycling gals (circa 1936)

Fantastic bit of British Pathé newsreel here in which Evelyn Hamilton – by all accounts the Victoria Pendleton of her day – offers advice for city riding that is just as useful today as it was in the Thirties

Kellock lauds 'brilliant' series win over Pumas

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Hand in the Fire, By Hugo Hamilton

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