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The Chief Executive of housing charity Shelter said families in alternative accommodation are left without roots and stability

Spa Star: Remède Spa, St Regis Resort, Bali

Treatment of the month

Food art: the breakfast at Ibsens Hotel

Cosy cocktails in cool Copenhagen

The Hedonist

Incisive interrogator: John Humphrys

Rajar figures: Radio 4 audience at an all-time high, boost for Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw but Radio 3 ratings fall

BBC Radio 4 has achieved a record audience, buoyed by the success of the Today programme, but Radio 3 has suffered a drop in ratings.

Johnny Depp in London for the Lone Ranger premiere

'Acting is insane for a human being': Johnny Depp hints at plans to retire from movie-making

Johnny Depp has said he could retire from movie-making soon and described the life of an actor as "a kind of insane option for a human being".

Families keep McDonald’s UK sales on the rise

McDonald’s UK has said that some British families are “running out” of cash ahead of payday, despite it posting another quarter of rising sales and enjoying its “busiest-ever” day of trading last month.

Skipping breakfast can increase your risk of a heart attack by as much as 27 per cent

Skipping your breakfast can increase the risk of heart attack by almost 30%

Study shows a morning meal is needed to take the body out of its  protective ‘fasting state’

Get me out of here - Cumbrian cottages, Marakech, Antigua

Now... Cumbrian Cottages has a selection of discounts this month. Examples for a week's rental from 26/27 July include Foxgloves near Windermere or Plum Corner near Hadrian's Wall, both sleeping two, for £390. bit.ly/CumbriaCots

The Conversation: Nile Rodgers, musician

'I used to fly to Paris for lunch – insane'

Video: Wonderful film locations

A spectacular film location can cause anyone to catch the travel bug. Watch the videos below to see trailers for a selection of favourites from celebrities:

Head master: David Baddiel introduces Radio 4's 'Four Thought'

The week in radio: Welcome wake-up call from Baddiel's brainy bunch on Radio 4's Four Thought

There are times, with Radio 4, when the only way to listen is while lying horizontal in a darkened room with a cold compress on your head. I find this to be requirement while spending half an hour in the company of Melvyn Bragg as he pontificates over the concepts behind Dutch humanism or prophecy in the Abrahamic religions at 9 o'clock in the morning straight after the three-hour hard-news assault that is the Today programme.

£995 - Hayes & Jarvis

Travel challenge

A week in Mauritius

Russell Brand gives his best Doctor Who impression in a scarf and dark glasses at a recent film premiere.

Scarf at the ready? Russell Brand says he'd love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who

Comedian Russell Brand has revealed that he would love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who.

Significant number of children believe cheese comes from plants, reveals new survey

Cheese comes from plants and fish fingers are made of chicken, according to a significant number of children questioned on their knowledge of where food comes from.

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own