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Judo: Selectors facing new headaches

THE BRITISH National Championships at the Cardiff Institute of Sport yesterday were intended to settle the format of the international squad for the first quarter of next year, but by the end of the day it had created as many problems as it solved.

Judo: Fairbrother gains rapid revenge

When Nicola Fairbrother fights, her eyes narrow and her face sets in a mode of grim determination and this was particularly true of the final at the British Judo Championships at the Cannock Leisure Centre yesterday.

CLASSICAL: Music on Radio

It seemed so promising, in an old-fashioned BBC sort of way: Krzysztof Penderecki's choral celebration of Jerusalem's first 3,000 years would be framed by a guided tour of the city's ramparts. The music would draw on the joys and woes of the composer's Polish-Jewish past, while the words embraced all Jewry. Had Sunday's Choir Works (Radio 3) hit on a perfect marriage of sound and sense?

McRae has the edge

Rallying

Package holiday bargains sell out

Cheap deals: Last-minute giveaways scarce as tour companies vow not to repeat last summer's suicidal discounts

Holiday war hots up with deals for '97

Big savings are on offer even before this year's holiday is taken, reports Glenda Cooper

From Blackpool to Phnom Penh with love

It's summer and the British are packing their bags. Simon Calder maps our changing holiday habits over five decades and Paul Vallely pens some postcards home

OBITUARY : Terence Weil

Terence Weil was one of the best-known professional cellists in London of his generation. While spending much of his time working with the chamber orchestras that proliferated from the 1950s onwards, it was as a chamber-music player that he really excelled.

Show fails to go on for British entertainers

MORE THAN 400 British musicians and dancers were returning home last night after being forced to abandon their annual summer tour in Spain because their holiday company owed pounds 34,000 to local hotels, writes Cyril Dixon.

Captain Moonlight: A brush with the rich and famous

LOOK at this picture. Charming, is it not? Should you be having difficulty placing the sitters, they are the Duchess of York and her two daughters, the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. The Duchess of York was so taken by it that she is giving it to her estranged husband, the Duke. It is by Barbara Kaczmarowska-Hamilton, a Polish artist. Ms Hamilton is our leading social portraitist. She works in pastels and her nickname is Basha. Her list of subjects includes Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, many other leading figures in English society, and Sir Peregrine Worsthorne. And Professor Norman Stone.

Airtours turns up heat in holiday price war

THE HOLIDAY price war intensified yesterday when Airtours, Britain's second largest package holiday company, announced more than 100,000 'children-go-free' deals, writes John Arlidge.

Travel: Paradises regained: Many Fifties dream holidays have been nightmares for years. But even the Costa Brava still has idyllic spots. Over the next three weeks, Jill Crawshaw reviews old favourites

'THE PLACE is completely ruined - we couldn't possibly go there,' declare holiday-makers who almost certainly haven't been there, wherever it is. 'Unbelievably picturesque and unspoilt, a unique combination of the traditional and the modern' boasts the holiday brochure of the same place.

Hundreds of Britons trapped on roads for fourth day

HUNDREDS of British holidaymakers and lorry drivers remained trapped yesterday as France's trunk roads were blocked for the fourth day, despite government negotiations with protesting truck-drivers.
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones