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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.

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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!

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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".

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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.

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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

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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

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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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