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Deals of the week: Sri Lanka, Lake Garda, New Forest

Less than £200... The Blue Water is a luxury hotel in the resort of Wadduwa, Sri Lanka. Trailfinders has a package, departing from Heathrow between 19 and 24 October, which includes transfers and a week-long stay at the hotel with breakfast for £829 per person. trailfinders.com

Number of homeless households in England rises sharply

The number of homeless households in England has risen sharply over the last year, official figures revealed today.

Victims: Julie Davison, killed in Whitby, and Colin Dunford (right)

Hunt for double murder suspect spreads south

Police issue new CCTV footage of man wanted for killings in Whitby and Middlesbrough

Five terror suspects killed in Bali

Police have shot dead five men who were allegedly planning to rob money changers, jewellers and other targets on Indonesia's resort island of Bali in a suspected bid to fund terrorist attacks, officials said today.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant

Win a pair of tickets to International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012

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Book Of A Lifetime: A Perfect Spy, By John le Carré

When writing a recent novel, I spent time thinking about the concept of identity; the idea that people can fool not just their close associates, but even themselves, and literally become the person they believe they are. It became increasingly clear to me that nobody ever really knows another person. And my mind kept returning to John le Carré's 'A Perfect Spy', where the world of spies and double-spies becomes a metaphor for the treachery of the human heart, where identity can become lost and confused in a web of hidden corridors.

Screwtop Thompson, By Magnus Mills

A god of small things

Last Night's TV: Three in a Bed/Channel 4<br />Love Thy Neighbour/Channel 4<br />Women in Love/BBC4

I would really not like to find anyone's pubic hair anywhere, thank you," remarked Frances Young, owner of Stoberry Park bed and breakfast. Ah, the irony. She is to be undone by such a follicle, lingering in the corner of a shower, just a few short hours later. But in the meantime, welcome back, Three in a Bed, the latest voyeuristic hybrid to reach our screens courtesy of Channel 4. Voyeuristic, but not bad. Part Come Dine with Me, part Ideal Home, it's a guilty pleasure of considerable proportions.

The 50 Best B&Bs

Fresh flowers, Egyptian cotton and fine food are not just for boutique hotels. A new breed of luxurious guesthouses is rising to the challenge. Rhiannon Batten puts them to the test

Tips and deals of the week: 06/03/2011

The hotel

Opening tomorrow, The Frogmore Hotel near Cheltenham. Snap up its introductory offer of £49 per room per night.

Go to bespokehotels.com

Ten top...half-term deals

1 France: Seven nights at the two-bedroom Hameau de Peemor Pen in Brittany costs £50 per person per night, based on four sharing, saving 40 per cent. Ferry included. Contact lagrange-holidays.co.uk.

Sir Stelios reignites easyJet feud in fury over remuneration

The rapprochement between Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and easyJet proved all too brief yesterday when the airline's founder said he would vote down the £1m pay deal for its former chief executive Andrew Harrison at next week's annual meeting.

The pros and cons of a private education

Interest in independent schools has not waned &ndash; despite huge fee increases and the recession, says Liz Lightfoot

Gay couple win bed and breakfast snub case

Christian hotel owners who refused a gay couple a double room acted unlawfully, a judge ruled today.

Independent Appeal: The girls saved from a life on the streets

Paul Vallely meets the charity workers scouring Britain's cities in search of children vulnerable to prostitution

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