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A homage to Catalonia (shame the picture was taken in Perth)

Costa Brava tourist board uses Australian beach to fight decline in visitors

First Night: Twelfth Night, Wyndham's Theatre, London

A journey into the art of love to warm the wintry season

'Dr Death' jailed for mutilating women

A French plastic surgeon accused of mutilating 96 women with his scalpel over 15 years has been jailed in Madrid, pending extradition to France where he faces a prison term and a hefty fine.

No words necessary: The cartoonists tackle climate change

The results of a worldwide competition are sharp, satirical – and even funny

The Reign of Spain: European champions (of nearly everything)

Sunday night's triumph in Vienna was a moment of pride, unity and joy for this nation – and a mark of how far it's come. Elizabeth Nash reports from Madrid

Overseas: Six To View – Waterfront Specia

Eye for the main chance

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Should I let my daughter enter a modelling competition?

Dear Virginia, My 14-year-old daughter was stopped in a shopping centre and asked to enter a competition. It involves a photographer taking pictures of her, which are then put on the internet. People dial an 0845 number to vote, and if she wins she gets on some agency's book. My husband says she's far too young, but she's longing to do it. What should I do? Yours sincerely, Frances

The Travel Issue: Costa Brava in May

Question: where do Europe's most stylish people spend their summer holidays? Elsewhere in this issue you'll find plenty of good suggestions, but when you stop to think, there is really only one answer. It goes like this: which is Europe's most stylish city? Easy, it's Barcelona, of course – everyone knows that. Next: so where do the smartest, most stylish people in Barcelona go when they want to get away?

The costa still costs a little less

Property prices are spiralling up along the Spanish coasts, but you still get value for money

UK to help solve Spanish crash riddle

BRITISH ACCIDENT investigators travelled to Spain yesterday to help discover why a holiday jet carrying 245 passengers and crew skidded off the runway on landing and broke into three pieces.

Family Travel Q & A: Some awfully big adventures

The Independent Parent: Your Questions Answered
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Ricky Gervais at a screening of 'Muppets Most Wanted' in London last month
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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
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Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
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Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
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Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
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Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

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Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal