News Brittany Mathis is unable to pay for medical treatment for her brain tumour

A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business so one of his waitresses can afford surgery on her brain tumour.

The right connections

Tate Liverpool has grouped Turner and Monet with abstract American artist Cy Twombly in an exhibition masterstroke, says Adrian Hamilton
Brittany Howard fronts Alabama Shakes in Brixton, London, last week

Alabama Shakes, Brixton Electric, London
Rizzle Kicks, The Dome, Brighton

Is it a problem that the Alabama Shakes' 'raw' and 'natural' soul-rock is nothing of the sort? Only until they start playing ...

Get away this spring, without the hassles and extra costs of flying

Enjoy up to three days in France from £119 and get your time away off to a great start with Brittany Ferries

Album: Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls (Rough Trade)

Essentially, a high-school band playing old-fashioned R&B and soul with a rock attitude and rhythm section: unrefined, unresigned, occasionally clunky, frequently obtuse but always, always fit to bust.

Park life: many holiday parks organise pool activities

Carry on camping

Holiday parks go well beyond a tent pitch or caravan – now you can expect swimming pools, circus skills, nature walks and even spa facilities

Slow lane: The author cycled along former railway tracks, past chateaux and tranquil waters

Trail of the unexpected: Cycling in Brittany

A new bike tour takes in Breton backroads, chateaux and canals, says Andrew Eames.

The Saturday quiz

1. Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela were the founder members of which organisation?

Beached ship leaks fuel off France

High winds have beached a cargo ship off France's Atlantic coast and some of the 220 tons of fuel in its hold is leaking, threatening a local beach.

Olympic trio prepare in Australian heat for world championship

Praying for some relief from the remorseless heat of the W. Australia sun, Britain’s Olympic trio of the sisters Lucy and Kate Macgregor plus mid-boat Cambridge rowing blue Annie Lush open their campaign to win the women’s match racing world championship tomorrow.

Yann Fouéré: Breton militant and European federalist

Yann Fouéré set out on a collision course with the centralist, unitary French State from the moment he began taking an interest in Breton affairs as a schoolboy during the inter-war years.

Insider's Guide: Brittany

This week, Jeremy Waldron, from villa and cottage holiday specialist Brittany Travel, reveals his tips for the best trips and treats beside the northern French seaside.

Per Denez: Writer and scholar who sought recognition for the Breton language and culture

When the Breton writer and scholar Per Denez was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wales in 1985, he was astonished to hear its chancellor, Prince Charles, say how sorry he was not to be able to address him in his own language. He had never received such courtesy in France and was more used to the insults which the French state habitually flings at those who work on behalf of the Breton language and its culture. The remark remained with him as a sign of the comparatively kinder treatment received by the Welsh, especially from their national university, where the language and literature of Wales have been taught for a hundred years or more.

Farmers and greens fight the war of the killer seaweed

John Lichfield reports from Brittany, where a spate of animal deaths has heralded an ecological calamity 40 years in the making

Stay The Night: Earthship Perrine, Normandy

You can be sure of the green credentials of this zero-carbon gîte. But is it a comfortable place to stay? Fiona Sturges reports
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence