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.

Tips and Deals of the Week: 03/10/2010

Cornwall from £99 per person

Save on a week in north Cornwall this month, staying at Penmore on Upton Beach, a 30-minute walk from Widemouth Bay. The total price of £650, based on eight sharing, is available for the week beginning 15 October.

Go to: holidaycottages.co.uk.holidaycottage/penmore

Tahiti: Does this Polynesian idyll still have the same allure?

A new exhibition of Paul Gauguin's work paints a vibrant picture of Tahiti.

Briton quizzed over wife's death in France

A British man was being questioned by police today over the death of his wife after charred remains were discovered at their French chateau.

On The Road: All gain and no pain on the Green Ways of Brittany

Here in Brittany, getting out on two feet or two wheels is an irresistible urge. In any weather conditions, hundreds of miles of Green Ways are accessible and free of the mud that clogs up more undulating country tracks. They are based on canal towpaths and disused railway lines, forming a network of long-distance routes. No cars allowed, and there's plenty of nearby accommodation for the traveller and his bike or horse.

Stay the night: Ty Bois, Brittany

Fiona Sturges goes back to nature in a stylishly renovated chalet on the banks of the River Aulne

Sargent and the Sea, Royal Academy, London

It's worth a quick visit to see convention-bound Sargent veer into the experimental with seaside pictures of children

Sargent and the sea

Artist John Singer Sargent, best known for his portraiture, also had a major passion for the sea. Next week, 85 years after his death, the Royal Academy will launch an exhibition of 80 maritime-themed paintings, drawings and watercolours produced early on in his career.

Traveller's guide: Brittany

In the last of our six-part series produced in association with Footprint Travel Guides, Wendy Mewes reveals the highlights of the wild north-west of France

Don't look to the skies this summer – snap up a no-fly deal

Problems with air travel mean holidaymakers can sample greener, cheaper options, says Sarah Barrell

Simon Calder: What to do if your holiday 'goes volcanic'

The man who pays his way

What goes plinkplinkplink...crack? A new sculptor at work in Normandy

The IoS visual art critic, Charles Darwent, took a trip to northern France to roll up his sleeves and get creative. And, yes, it was every bit as hard as it looks

The A-Z of European ferries

If last week clouded your opinion of flying, then Simon Calder has some ship-shaped solutions, from island-hops to cross-channel bargains

The Captive Queen, By Alison Weir

Despite the odd blast from nit-picking scholars, Alison Weir deserves the large and loyal popular following for her readable historical biographies. She seems set fair to tow them after her now that she has embarked upon historical novels about the same characters. But I can't help feeling that she has missed the celestial omnibus with The Captive Queen. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) is the most fabulous (literally) of subjects.

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