Travel Touch base: the portable loos on Aconcagua

The man who pays his way

J K Rowling: The Curse of the Publisher's Hype

And so, this was it, the publishing event of the century: J K Rowling and the Publisher's Hype. The story had everything. The one million pre-orders. The profile in The New Yorker. The adulation! The vilification! You'd never guess that all Rowling did was write a book.

The Big Six: Outback outposts

Berkley River Lodge, Western Australia

Grand American Adventures is offering a group tour of the Appalachian Trail, visiting New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for £1,524

Travel Challenge: New England in autumn

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a 10-night autumn escape to New England with hotels and flights from Heathrow on 28 Sept. Prices are pp, based on two travelling together.

Second Yosemite National Park visitor dies of rodent-borne illness

A second person has died of a rare, rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park earlier this summer and park officials warned past visitors to be aware of some flu-like aches and symptoms.

Romahome comes into its own on the campsite

Romahome R20 Hi

A fun little home from home. Just remember the gas...

Now: The Kasbah Angour is a Moroccan retreat in the Atlas Mountains, with pretty gardens, Berber music nights and walking trails. During September, it has four-nights for £299 per person with full-board and airport transfers. Flights extra. kasbahangour.com

Get me out of here: Morocco, Maasai Mara and Rio

Now... The Kasbah Angour is a Moroccan retreat in the Atlas Mountains, with pretty gardens, Berber music nights and walking trails. During September, it has four-nights for £299 per person with full-board and airport transfers. Flights extra. kasbahangour.com

Postcard From...Languedoc

Travel west along the French rivieria, going past Antibes, St Tropez and Marseilles, and you will find another side to France's Mediterranean coast. Far from the glitz of Monte Carlo, brimming with its tax exiles and Russian billionaires' yachts, here is the less fashionable but "salt of the earth" France. No Brad Pitt, Brigitte Bardot or even Graham Greene here.

Des Campbell was convicted of murdering Janet Fisicaro

Gold digger and cheat, but did ex-policeman kill his wife?

It seems beyond dispute that Des Campbell was a cad who courted and fleeced a succession of wealthy, blonde widows. But whether the former British police officer pushed his third wife over a cliff before jetting off on holiday with one of several girlfriends is the question set to be tested in the Australian appeal courts.

Landscape gardener jailed for four years for 'mowing down' two teenagers that were camping in a field

A landscape gardener who drove his van into two teenagers who were camping in a field in what was an "absolutely terrifying" attack has been jailed for four years.

Looking up: inside one of the Carré d’étoiles cabins

Trail of the Unexpected: Stargazing in France

The galaxy in all its glory can be enjoyed from the comfort of your bed in a luxurious prefab in central France, says Fiona Sturges.

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The 10 Best camping gear

From jackets and moonchairs to self-inflating maps and head torches

High winds batter Round the Island competitors as Yves le Blevec triumphs in trimaran Actual

Some classes were cancelled even before the start of the Round the Island (of Wight) Race today as forecasts of brisk south-westerlies brought the reality of over 25 knots and either challenging or exciting races for what had been 1,650 entries and over 10,000 competitors. Injuries were reported to a handful.

Travel Challenge: Family camping in France

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for specific holiday. Today: a family camping holiday in the Vendée region of western France at the start of the school summer break. Prices are for two adults and two children. Each includes return P&O Dover-Calais ferry crossing with car on Saturday 21 July and a week's tented accommodation...

At a stroke: Windermere's Great North Swim

Countyfile; Cumbria - Race to the Lakes for outdoor fun and games

The skies above Windermere will light up this Thursday when Cumbria hosts one of the four opening events of the London 2012 Festival (0845 267 2012; festival.london2012.com), the cultural celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that runs till 9 September. A French group, Les Commandos Percu, will take to the shores of Windermere for On the Night Shift, a free open-air production mixing music and pyrotechnics, which will also mark the arrival of the Olympic torch in the county.

French Groupama team wins second leg of Volvo round the world race

Digging deep in the last 48 hours, the French Groupama team won its second leg in the Volvo round the world race, extended its overall lead, and enjoyed the especially sweet achievement of being first into its home port of Lorient in south Brittany.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas