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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

Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters, Serpentine Gallery, London<br/>Dexter Dalwood, Tate St Ives, Cornwall

An old master's political works, long sidelined, are echoed in the less strident imaginings of a distant descendant

Hamilton-Brown returns to Surrey as Skipper

Surrey have signed Rory Hamilton-Brown as captain on a three-year contract.

Hamilton-Brown set for Oval talks as Sussex give go-ahead

Surrey moved a step closer to re-signing Rory Hamilton-Brown yesterday when Sussex gave the 22-year-old permission to speak to the London club. Although his current employers remain keen to hold on to the talented all-rounder, the lure of the captaincy at one of English cricket's biggest names may prove very difficult for him to turn down.

Hollywood star George Hamilton quits I'm A Celebrity

George Hamilton has quit I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! after more than two weeks in the jungle, ITV confirmed.

Boy killed in crash, five arrested

Five men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy after an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Harold Larwood, By Duncan Hamilton

Despite the scores of books written about the Bodyline series of 1932-33, Harold Larwood, England's principal strike weapon, remained something of an enigma. He generated fearsome pace – many argue he was the fastest ever – for a man standing just over 5ft 7in, and terrorised the Australians.

America's 'Bermuda solution' angers Britain

Decision to send Guantanamo inmates to British colony sours 'special relationship'

Chinese Muslims trigger public backlash in Palau

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau's decision to allow 13 Chinese Muslims from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to resettle there has sparked anger among islanders who fear for the safety of the tranquil tourist haven.

The Birthday Present, By Barbara Vine

Labour peer Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, puts her parliamentary experience to good use in a tightly-bound psychological thriller. Conservative MP Ivor Hamilton Tesham, a rising star in the Thatcher's government, has a taste for S and M.

Tantrum puts Rangers' Boyd at risk of being dropped for cup final

Striker returns to training but club are silent on chances of him facing Celtic on Sunday

Van Barneveld crushes Newton to make last 16

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld was at his irrepressible best as he stormed into the last 16 of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace last night with a 4-1 trouncing of Wes Newton.

Boyd hoping to vent his frustration on Hamilton

Striker desperate to win back Rangers place after uproar over Scotland exit

Russ Hamilton: Liverpudlian singer-songwriter who had a hit in America years before the Beatles

In 1957, several years before the British beat invasion of America, a young singer-songwriter from Liverpool, Russ Hamilton, made the US Top 10 with "Rainbow". In Britain the song was the B-side of Hamilton's hit "We Will Make Love", which came close to the top of the UK charts in August that year.

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