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.

Man in court after murder-charge extradition

A 39-year-old man appeared in court today after being extradited from Spain to face a charge of murdering a mother of three.

How do you survive a sea storm? Phone a friend...

When two brothers found themselves in trouble off the coast of Spain, pounded by massive waves and with failing radio equipment, they felt their chances of survival were slim.

Wanted Briton shot in Spain 'contract killing'



Police believe that a Briton shot dead in a Costa del Sol bar was the victim of a contract killing, it was revealed today.

Howard Jacobson: A one-eyed giant nearly stopped me getting home

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British holidaymaker dies in fall

A British woman has died in the Spanish holiday resort of Marbella after reportedly falling as she tried to climb into her apartment from outside.

Holidaymaker plunged five floors to his death

A holidaymaker plunged five floors to his death after trying to leap across hotel balconies during a "lads weekend" in Spain, an inquest heard today.

Threats cancel British matador's book sessions

After his triumphant return to the bullring less than a fortnight ago, the Salford matador Frank Evans was looking forward to a hectic spell in Britain promoting his autobiography chronicling four decades of facing death in the afternoon.

Five Spanish coastal retreats

Feel the sand between your toes at these chic beachside beauties.

Russian gang's 'lethal virus' ransom scam on Costa del Sol backfires

The victim was warned that he would first feel feverish, then sweaty and dizzy, then he would vomit and die from a lethal virus, unless he paid €12,000 (£10,160) as his own ransom.

The Hacker: Heaven on earth as lack of pressure helps me to reign in Spain

After all the hell we suffer on earth there must be a heaven for hackers and I think I've just found it.

Pair face life in jail over £580m Ireland drugs haul

Two British men are facing up to life behind bars after admitting their part in Ireland’s largest ever drugs seizure.

The Traveller's Guide To: Spanish golfing holidays

Tired of Britain's wet and windy golf courses? Grab your irons and head for sunnier fairways

Something to declare: Bali; Fez; Costa del Sol

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Costa lot: Expats forced to tighten their belts

Sterling's dramatic fall against the euro has forced British expats who retired to sunny, low-cost Spain to adopt a more frugal lifestyle. Elizabeth Nash reports
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