Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

A view outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Fears grow that Arsenal wage bill is creeping close to £150m mark

In comparison, Tottenham's wage bill is around £90m

Roberto Mancini

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Joao Moutinho celebrates his goal
Porto's Jackson Martinez (left) and Malaga's Martin Demichelis (right). The two sides face off in the Champions League tonight

Champions League: Porto v Malaga match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture at the Estadio do Dragao

Malaga's Portuguese midfielder Duda celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Champions League Group C match Malaga against Anderlecht

Malaga banned from European competition

Outstanding debts have led to decision, although Spanish club are clear to continue in this season's Champions League

Do flight prices rise with the duration of a trip? Plus: taking Christmas crackers to Australia

Q. Why is it, if you book a one-week flight, the fare is a certain amount; if you book the same departure date but for two weeks' duration, the price goes up £20 or £30; if you book again the same departure date but for three weeks, the price increases by almost £100? I am looking at flights from Birmingham to Chania on Monarch. Do the airlines think that if you can afford a three-week holiday, you can afford to pay more for your flights? David Bailey

Which currency will give a better rate when paying for flights, sterling or euros?

Q. I have debit cards for both euros and sterling. I want to book a flight from Manchester. Which currency should I pay with? Alf Davies

EasyJet eyeing a record after late rush in search of the sun

Budget airline easyJet yesterday flagged up record profits this year as holidaymakers who stayed at home for the Olympics dashed abroad to grab some late summer sun.

British woman missing as nine die in Spain floods

A 52-year-old British woman has been reported missing in severe flooding which has so far claimed nine lives in southern Spain, authorities said today.

Juan Manuel Vargas

Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas 'an option' for Liverpool claims agent

Juan Manuel Vargas’ agent has claimed that his client is being pursued by Liverpool and that he could leave Fiorentina this summer.

Cliffhanger: Sant'Agata is a good base for exploring the delights of Amalfi

Travel challenge: A Jubilee escape on the Mediterranean

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a Mediterranean break over the Jubilee bank holiday. All prices are per person, based on two sharing. Each includes flights from the UK on Saturday 2 June and three nights' accommodation.

Spain and Sri Lanka are cheapest breaks, shows survey

Britons looking for winter sun will find their spending money going considerably further in Spain and Sri Lanka than the Caribbean or Australia, a cost comparison survey showed today.

After 175 buildings in Juzcar were painted 'Smurf blue' this summer, tourist numbers soared

Spanish village happy to be left feeling blue by Smurfs

Residents in Juzcar vote to keep paint job after tourist boom

Alive after 18 days in a ravine – the tourist who went for a walk

A Dutch tourist was rescued yesterday after surviving for 18 days in a ravine without food or shelter amid the seaside cliffs near Malaga.

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