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

Roberto Mancini will walk away if Manchester City slip up

Roberto Mancini has said he would quit if Manchester City did not win another trophy for three years.

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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there