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Get me out of here: UK cruise, Japan's cherry blossom, Easter in the Algarve

Now... Spend Easter in the Algarve. Thomas Cook is offering a week at the four-star Aqua Pedra Bicos Hotel, on the outskirts of Albufeira, for £252pp. It includes flights from Manchester on Saturday 30 March and a week's B&B at this contemporary hotel. thomascook.com

Calcutta: Two Years in the City, By Amit Chaudhuri

An engrossing journey through Calcutta delves beneath its poverty and drabness

Tamsin Greig as Varia and Iain Glen as Kolia in Anton Chekhov's Longing directed by Nina Raine at Hampstead Theatre in London

Longing, Hampstead Theatre, London

Chekhov is amongst that very rare breed of author who is a genius in two distinct forms – the play and the short story. Michael Frayn, not un-incidentally a fine translator of Chekhov, is another such.

Anthony Rose: Could wine be embroiled in a similar scandal to horsegate?

Is there an ideal wine match for horse? Of course we all prefer a spot of dressage or a flutter at William Hill to eating them, and the sentimental taboo creates panic when we find horsemeat in our processed foods. How could you eat a Black Beauty, an Arkle or a Dobbin? I was horrified when I went to France as a teenager and came across shops called Chevaline. Not cheval, I whinnied: how could they? But staying with a family that reared horses in Africa, I soon learnt to live with the idea and wash it down with their mature claret.

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Vatican's Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s Last Judgement

Inside the world’s most spectacular polling station: The Sistine Chapel prepares for election of new pope

As polling stations go, it would be hard to top the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel for sheer splendour, and in as little as two weeks’ time the celebrated site of Michelangelo’s Last Judgement will host the conclave of cardinals that  chooses the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Ruth Stage's The Isabella Plantation, winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers prize 2013

Ruth Stage wins Lynn Painter-Stainers prize for figurative art

Artist Ruth Stage has won the £15,000 Lynn Painter-Stainers UK art prize.

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Anthony Rose: 'These are a few bottles that have delivered satisfaction in spades'

It took me a while to work out what the famous bon viveur André Simon's was on about when he said there are no great wines, only great bottles. Investors who depend on a wine to increase in value might point to an objective standard of greatness, but the weight of expectation is a heavy burden. Many an anticipated 'great' bottle turns out to be a disappointment, many a no-expectations a lovely surprise, all the more so when the ambiance is right and the conversation flowing. Maybe your experience of delicious bottles doesn't chime with mine, but I can confidently say that these are a few bottles that have delivered satisfaction in spades.

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In The Beginning Was The End, Somerset House, London

Theatre-goers are used to solicitous, nannying notices about strobe-lighting, nudity and even cigarette-smoking at the entrance to productions.

Family, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Even more than fellow travellers Traffic, Family were in danger of being written out of the annals of British rock history or just remembered for the handful of off-kilter, intriguing hits they scored in the early seventies. 

Album: Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen (Bella Union)

Veronica Falls are a band for whom it's perpetually 1986 and My Bloody Valentine never discovered their speakers went up to "supernova".

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