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Canoeing: Paul Ratcliffe named GB head coach

Olympic silver medallist Paul Ratcliffe has been appointed Britain’s canoeing slalom podium head coach. The 39-year-old, who won silver in the K1 class in Sydney in 2000, has been a GB Canoeing coach since 2004.

Get the most out of your university summer holidays

Dossing the summer vac away should not be an option, when there's so much more you could be getting up to, says Helen Vaudrey

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Breakfast cricket without the necessary caffeine hit

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Ultra running: Running the length of New Zealand – that's a thing to Bragg about

It's cleansed me, says record-breaker of his 53-day, 1,864-mile feat of endurance

Scilly season: Tresco is more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Cornwall

There's something about arriving by helicopter that makes a holiday feel special. (Not that I've done it before – and now the regular service to Tresco has been suspended, its financial future unclear, I may not again.) The exhilaration of rising slowly from the ground at Penzance, swooping over Land's End and soaring into the great blue yonder – next stop America!

The Costa Concordia at Giglio

Captain of Costa Concordia manoeuvered cruise liner 'like a canoe', says magistrate

Ahead of memorial events to mark the anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster this weekend, the magistrate who led the investigation into the tragedy has said the Captain of the 4000-passenger cruise liner manoeuvered it "like a canoe".

El Gouna Watersports Complex

Travel in 2013: Holidays for families

The Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gouna (elgouna.com) will open a “cable water park” in July.

Five-minute Memoir: Cynan Jones finds himself on a beach with no way to get off

It was flat calm when I started. Then I saw it. A broken line moving in from the North.

'Distressing' Kayak.co.uk brain operation advert banned

A television advert featuring a surgeon carrying out a brain operation while organising a holiday online has been banned following 441 complaints that it was offensive, distressing and insulting to the medical profession.

The 10 Best British adventure breaks

Luckily, you don’t need a sunny beach to have a good time in the United Kingdom

Rebecca Tyrrel: Every day, each family member chooses a task from the Romney 'chore wheel'

Who knew that Mitt Romney rounds up his entire family each summer for a week of athletic challenges known to the clan as "the Romney Olympics"? And who knows what will become of this annual festival of sportin' Mormon mayhem if he is elected US President on Tuesday?

Beat that: Kandyan drummers liven up the streets

Where to go in 2013: Sri Lanka

Why go in 2013? Serenity returns to Serendib

Pure shores: Fishermen paddle off from Kennedy Island

Where to go in 2013: Solomon Islands

Why go in 2013? Because, eventually, the outside world will wake up to these islands

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation story trailer released

Assassin's Creed Cajun style.

UK full of doorstep challenges, says guide

Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda, swimming with whale sharks and cycling across the beautiful Himalayan mountains: all these make for once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences.

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Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
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Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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