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Travel Agenda: Palazzo Margherita; Cornwall; Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art; Berlin Biennale; Amsterdam

Tomorrow: Check into Francis Ford Coppola's latest hotel, Palazzo Margherita which has just opened in Italy. The film director and hotelier – who has retreats in Belize, Guatemala Argentina and the US – promises "frescos on its ceilings ... and palatial rooms" in his first European hotel (palazzomargherita.com).

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Steak is that unusual thing, a food that needs no adornment

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Gordon Ramsay is spat out by his Canadian restaurant

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