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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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz