Travel Touch base: the portable loos on Aconcagua

The man who pays his way

Floods alert as more rain forecast

Parts of England and Wales faced the risk of flooding once again today after warnings of more heavy rain.

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<p>Brand new this year, this top-quality tent looks like an enormous paperback book that's been dropped by a giant. It's even got a rear barcode and brief synopsis. It boasts extra-strong pegs, heavy-duty zips and lockable storage pouches and each tent comes with padlocks, a hammer and a tent peg puller.</p>
<p>£495, firebox.com</p>

The 10 Best tents

Need a cheap festival pop-up? Or somewhere to be a home for the week?

Deborah Ross: Camping holidays with the kids – what's not to love?

If you ask me: I love crawling around a tent on my hands and knees. I love getting dressed while lying flat on my back.

Puma wins latest leg of Volvo round the world race

It went down to the wire but the American-flagged Puma won the sixth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami.

Don Lewin started Clinton Cards in the 1960s

Clinton Cards: The shop that played its hand wrong

Don Lewin turned £500 into a huge gift-shop empire. But Clinton Cards failed to adapt to the internet age – and now may be forced to fold

DVD/Blu-ray: Transit (15)

Four clammy bank robbers dump stolen cash on an unsuspecting family in Negret's absurd thriller.

Fritz Theilen: Member of the Edelweiss Pirates, the children who resisted Hitler

Fritz Theilen was a working class lad, who as a leading member of the anti-Nazi Edelweiss Pirates narrowly escaped public execution. He was born in the Ehrenfeld district of Cologne, an industrial, working-class area, in 1927. Like most other school boys he was enrolled in the Hitler Youth. He was expelled in 1940 for insubordination but on leaving school at 14 he was taken on as an apprentice toolmaker by Ford motors, which had opened in Cologne in 1931. There he saw the exploitation of slave labourers.

The Gadget: Destiny Trenchtown Rock
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

Chris Nicholson's Camper secures first Volvo round the world victory in front of Auckland crowd

Spanish  boat Camper, which is managed and largely crewed by Team New Zealand, at last clicked to produce a convincing victory in front of tens of thousands of 'home' fans in the Auckland In-Port Race, its first win in the Volvo round the world race.

Naturalmat camping mattresses add a little comfort to your camping experience

US preacher admits Rapture prediction 'wrong'

A US preacher who spent millions last year to publicize his message of impending global destruction has for the first time acknowledged his apocalyptic prophecy was wrong.

Race is on for first Kiwi home in Volvo round the world

As Franck Cammas closed in on a small measure of revenge for France narrowly losing the world rugby cup final at Auckland’s nearby Eden Park, his Lorient-based Groupama was also set to break the run of three wins in the first three legs chalked up by gold medallist Iker Martinez in Spain's Telefonica in the Volvo round the world race.

Jake Humphrey: 'I've never been anywhere as quiet, dark and peaceful as Sweden's Ice Hotel'

My Life In Travel: Jake Humphrey, BBC sports presenter

'I'd love to go on safari ... while there's still time'

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<p>£65, epacks.co.uk</p>
<p>No list of the best backpacks would be complete without an Eastpak in there somewhere. This one has two main compartments, one mini one, plus a padded laptop sleeve as well.</p>

The 10 Best rucksacks

1. Eastpak Provider Blackout

£65, epacks.co.uk

No list of the best backpacks would be complete without an Eastpak in there somewhere. This one has two main compartments, one mini one, plus a padded laptop sleeve as well.

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Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn