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

A viewers’ survival guide during the BBC strike

No Today? No worries. A viewers' survival guide

Yesterday, fans of Bill Turnbull et al were alarmed upon turning on their televisions to discover Bargain Hunt, while Today was switched for The Kitchen Cabinet. Of course, it was due to an NUJ strike.

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Breakfast cricket without the necessary caffeine hit

View from the Sofa: New Zealand v England, T20 and ODI, Sky Sports 1
The breakfast room at Côté Carmes

B&B and Beyond: Côté Carmes, Toulouse, France

A restored 16th-century house brings up-cycled style to the heart of south-west France, as Laura Holt discovers

Modern touch: the breakfast room at Ampersand House

B&B and Beyond: Ampersand House, Shaftesbury, Dorset

A London graphic designer has brought fresh clean lines to one of England’s oldest towns, as Tracey Davies discovers

Aled Jones is now mentoring Isabel Suckling, the first choirgirl to sign a record deal

Aled Jones to return to Classic FM

The former chorister returns to the station that launched his presenting career after being dropped from three BBC shows

Gina Lollobrigida: Hero or Villain?

Gina Lollobrigida. Gee-nah loh-loh-breed-gee-dah: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of seven steps down the palate to tap, at the last, on the teeth. Apologies to Mr Nabokov and his associate Mr Humbert, but the original Italian siren – pre-Loren, pre-Cardinale – was possessor of a name as intoxicating as her talent.

Gone viral: Caleb Landry Jones stars as Syd, a dealer in celebrity illnesses
<p><strong>Hotel Ion</strong> Thingvellir</p>
<p>This adventure hotel opens tomorrow on the outskirts of Thingvellir National Park. In tribute to the landscape, rooms feature graphics of pure-bred Icelandic horses and sidetables carved from chunks of wood. The Silfra Restaurant specialises in Nordic cuisine, while the Northern Lights Bar flaunts floor-to-ceiling windows in the hope of glimpsing the Arctic's seasonal spectacular. Activities range from glacier tours and white-water rafting to fishing in glistening fjords.</p>
<p><em>Hotel Ion, Thingvellir, Selfoss (00 354 482 3415; ioniceland.is). Doubles from Isk19,900 (£98), including breakfast.</em></p>

The Big Six: Wild Icelandic lodges

Northern Lights, salmon fishing and cosy cabins

BBC breakfast Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid voted BBC TV host you'd most like to see while eating your cornflakes

TV host Susanna Reid has been named the most popular presenter of BBC Breakfast in a poll to mark the morning show's 30th anniversary.

Get me out of here: Taghazout, Istanbul, Sorrento

Now... Until 28 February, £595pp buys you flights from Gatwick to Agadir in Morocco on easyJet, five nights at the Paradis Plage near Taghazout (one of the country's best surfing beaches), plus breakfast and transfers. The deal is with Lawrence of Morocco. Lawrenceofmorocco.com

Postcard from... Jerusalem

Since moving to Jerusalem a little over three weeks ago, there have been several unpleasant shocks to my system.

Novak Djokovic hails his win and shows off his football skills and trophy

Matt Butler: On Mats point, it's thumbs up for Wilander and Co

View From The Sofa: Australian Open final, Eurosport

Bradford’s players celebrate their famous win

Bradford prepare to rival world's most unlikely cup winners

Shock success earns club £1m and chance to match Sri Lanka Navy as victors from fourth tier

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Seven Cities of Italy
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Lake Garda
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The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

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Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
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Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future