The former home of Dick Whittington combines medieval grandeur with modern comforts, says Matthew Bell
Under £200... Celebrate New Year's Eve in style
BA has a range of deals on two-night breaks over New Year's Eve, departing from Heathrow. On 31 December, there's a stay at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin for £194pp. Or, hop across to Brussels, where a stay at the Floris Avenue Hotel on 30 December is £197pp. ba.com
Wales branch played rap song that references violent prison rape and underage sex
Under £200... Cheap seats to Europe
Eurostar's usual lowest fare of £69 return to Paris, Lille, Brussels or Disneyland Paris falls to £54 for the first few weeks of 2014, for travel in a group of two, three or four. Sales open tomorrow and run until 2 December. Prices are for travel between 6 January and 12 February. eurostar.com
The 48-year-old said he hopes to come back 'bigger, better and stronger'
If after the Newtown school massacre last year, the US was in shock because of the tender ages of so many of the victims, it was the maturity of those gunned down during Monday’s deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that hit home today. The youngest was 46, all had had long careers, some were grandparents.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Susanna Reid has revealed that she plans to rehearse for the show with BBC Breakfast co-presenter Bill Turnbull - behind their TV sofa.
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Keeping track: I'm in far better shape than before London 2012
There is an excellent satire to be written about the trials of the BBC over the last 12 months. Making News is not it. A new comedy from Robert Khan, a Labour councillor for Islington, and director Tom Salinsky, who last lampooned the government in Coalition, it focusses on the BBC's tendency to become the story, rather than report it.
Treatment of the month
'I used to fly to Paris for lunch – insane'
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.
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