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Ariadne Capital's Meyer in $8.5m investment fund-raising

Julie Meyer, the entrepreneur-turned-investor who founded the First Tuesday networking event, has raised $8.5m (£5.3m) through her Ariadne Capital vehicle.

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Less than £200... September could see you in Barcelona for two nights at the swish B-Hotel, which has a rooftop pool and bar looking down over the Placa d'Espanya, for £195pp. The deal includes BA flights departing Heathrow on 16 September. Book by 10 July. ba.com/holidays

LittleLife's new Animal Wheelie Duffles, in Ladybird and Turtle designs, will delight your little ones and nurture a sense of responsibility. The 20-litre bag has a zip top and telescopic handle; £39.99 (littlelife.co.uk)

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LittleLife's new Animal Wheelie Duffles, in Ladybird and Turtle designs, will delight your little ones and nurture a sense of responsibility. The 20-litre bag has a zip top and telescopic handle; £39.99 (littlelife.co.uk).

Boating for beginners: Wilderness Scotland offers activity holidays in the Highlands

Summer 2012: Active family adventures

Ride the rapids of the spectacular Tara Canyon in Montenegro on an adventure holiday that also features hiking along the Bay of Kotor.

Greece, Med cruise, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Now... Set off for Greece on Sunday. Ionioan Island Holidays offers seven nights' self-catering at the Stella Apartments on Lefkada for £401pp. The price includes flights from Gatwick, car hire and welcome hamper. ionianislandholidays.com

Heartbroken man gives away holiday on Youtube to 'make world a better place'

A heartbroken man who bought a holiday to Malta for his girlfriend has decided to give it away for free after they split up.

Deals of the week: Barcelona, Venice, Seychelles

UNDER £200

BA Holidays has a fly-drive trip to Barcelona, with a week's car hire and flights from Heathrow in May, for £179pp. Accommodation is not included, but the package gives you the flexibility to roam the north-eastern Catalan region and book hotels along the road. Ba.com

 

Top 10 tips for planning your gap year

Each year, approximately 230,000 young people in the UK plan their gap year. If you haven’t travelled abroad for a substantial amount of  time it can be a daunting task.

Thousands have holiday plans wrecked as Bmibaby announces shut down

Tens of thousands of British holidaymakers have seen their summer travel plans wrecked by the announcement that the low-cost airline, Bmibaby, is to shut down.

Cost of rental cars for travellers to Spain set to treble

British travellers to Spain risk seeing the cost of a rental car trebled by “hidden fuel charges”, researchers for Which? Travel have found.

The Blue Mountains near Sydney - Austravel has a twincentre trip to New South Wales in the southern spring for £1,295 per person

The UK is crying out for technology and science graduates

According to the recent Engineering UK 2012 report the UK is going to need a few more workers with skills in science, engineering and technology over the next five to 10 years. Some two million more, in fact, based on estimates from industry skills councils, which suggests now might be a good time to consider enrolling for a science, engineering or technology (SET) degree.

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