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Albums of the year: Classical

Chamber music triumphed over grand projects in 2010, with the notable exception of Sir Mark Elder's luminous Götterdämmerung with the Hallé.

Hungary for Christmas cheer

In Budapest you can shop for snacks in the festive market, then dive into a thermal bath. Tim Walker takes a midwinter break

Auction of relics to help flood victims

Hungary will auction off 230 communist-era relics, including a bust of Lenin, to help victims of last month's red toxic sludge flood which killed 10 people and injured many more.

Sam Lesser

A sentence in Jim Jump's obituary of Sam Lesser (1 November) regarding the show trial of Rudolf Slansky and others in Prague, is ambiguous, writes Philip Petchey: "Lesser's reports followed the official party line, though many years afterwards he would admit that his apparent credulity at the time still troubled his conscience." This implies, without saying so, that his credulity was assumed; he knew or guessed the truth, and followed the party line, for the perceived greater good. If so, an interesting position; latterly, presumably, his conscience was troubled because he came to see that truth should not have been compromised for the perceived greater good in circumstances like these.

Album: Beethoven, Symphonies 4 & 6 – BF0 / Fischer (Channel Classics)

The strings are plumper than we've come to expect from recent Beethoven cycles but the Budapest Festival Orchestra can still deliver at the composer's original metronome markings.

Wild-card Ivanovic ends two-year wait for title with win over Schnyder

Ana Ivanovic routed Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Generali Ladies yesterday to win her first WTA Tour title in two years and her ninth overall.

Treasures from Budapest: From Leonardo to Schiele

Next month the Royal Academy of Arts is set to showcase one of the finest art collections in Central Europe.

Swimming: Adlington all smiles as Britain rule in the pool

Rebecca Adlington and the women's medley relay squad were both crowned European champions as Great Britain claimed five medals in the final session to take their overall total to 18 in Budapest.

British duo bounce back with bronze

Diving

Swimming: Simmonds takes gold in British one-two

Lizzie Simmonds and Gemma Spofforth claimed a one-two for Great Britain in the 200 metres backstroke at the European Championships in Budapest yesterday.

Swimmer remembers a frugal London Olympics

Susan Halter escaped the Holocaust to compete for Hungary in the 1948 Olympics. Kevin Rawlinson meets a born competitor

Album: Kodaly, Sonata / Epigrams etc – Clein / Drake (Hyperion)

From 1898's Romance Lyrique onwards, Natalie Clein traces the life of Hungary's foremost musical educator.

Miklos Perenyi/ Andras Schiff, Wigmore Hall

With his waistcoat and tails, watch-chain, and cloud of grey curls, Andras Schiff walks on stage like a survivor from Imperial Vienna, but his cellist colleague Miklos Perenyi is the pointer to this concert’s real provenance.

Train to Budapest by Dacia Maraini, trans. Silvester Mazzarella

Dacia Maraini, now 74, is one of the best-known Italian writers of the past 50 years. But is her Train to Budapest one more Holocaust story? Not at all: this is a well-written book with a gripping plot, full of suspense and analysis of personal stories. The novel is set in post-war Europe, in 1956. A 26-year-old journalist – Amara Sironi, a Florentine shoemaker's daughter – sets out on a journey to Auschwitz.

Diving: Daley misses out on championships

World 10m platform champion Tom Daley has been forced to pull out of the British Gas Diving Championships taking place in Sheffield this weekend because of a back injury.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?