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.

Style police: Summer crops

We mocked Japanese tourists for getting the three-quarter length all wrong, says JAMES SHERWOOD, but there is a right way

THE BEST RESORTS IN SPAIN

A Spanish seaside holiday does not have to be overpackaged and overcrowded. Jill Crawshaw selects some lesser-known places for freer spirits

Parliament Sketch: After the replay, lords arrange Pinochet's away match

"ESPANA POR FAVOR" chanted a crowd of demonstrators in Parliament Square yesterday, cheerfully putting their case that Senator Augusto Pinochet should be allowed to take his complimentary trip to the Costa del Sol.

Travel: Andalucia without advice: a tale of two travel writers

A remote cottage with a swimming pool, high up in the hills of Andalucia, sounded an ideal escape from the word processor. Then reality set in.

Obituary: Barry Pritchard

IN 1963, in Birmingham, the guitarist and vocalist Barry Pritchard formed a group called the Fortunes with Glen Dale and Rod Allen, and they were signed by the eccentric promoter Reg Calvert. Pritchard recalled the first bookings: "Reg held competitions and, if people shouted a number that we couldn't do, he would pay them half-a-crown. It was no big deal. There might be 20 people shouting out, so Reg would pick out numbers that we knew."

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King of Costa del Sol in corruption probe

Marbella has plunged into debt while its mayor has grown fabulously rich, writes Elizabeth Nash

Golf: Relief for scrambling Rose

British teenager revives memory of his Open fairytale as he makes qualifying cut. By Andy Farrell in San Roque

Golf: Rose optimistic of his prospects

ALL AROUND the globe, England seemed to be enjoying a remarkable run of success. From Lee Westwood in Japan, to Nick Faldo and David Carter in the World Cup in New Zealand and Laura Davies at the LPGA Tour Championship in Las Vegas leaderboards have made good reading. But in the biggest gamble of them all, the European Tour's Qualifying School, this was not the case.

Golf: Trouble in school for errant Rose

TO LISTEN to Ken Rose, Justin's father, a career of stardom has already been mapped out for the 18-year-old from Hampshire via Johannesburg. There is one small problem - that of making the giant leap on to the European Tour - and it is one Rose has to attempt to make along with 180 others at the Qualifying School. After an opening 78, most of them were ahead of the young prodigy.

Golf: Rose chases the card to his future

They are all aiming to be school-leavers but only 35 players will graduate after a gruelling six-day examination

Golf: An old hand at the cruellest cut

The Qualifying School is golf's most agonising examination of the soul. It will be Phil Golding's 14th visit

a short break to... Costa del Sol

It's warm, cheap, easy to get to and some of Europe's best sights are on the doorstep. No wonder it's popular, writes Jeremy Atiyah

Travel: It's a small world

CAN YOU imagine just how tiny the world has really become? Well, this tiny: Thomson Holidays recently announced that it has run out of new feasible destinations to which to send its customers. The more recent package holiday destinations such as Cuba and Mexico may well be the last of their type to be developed.

It's Spain, but not as I know it

THE FIRST car I saw parked outside the front door of my hotel was a Lamborghini with a Saudi Arabian number plate, the only car in the world designed to be no thicker than a credit card. It was slung so low that it could comfortably have slipped a path underneath any normal vehicle. And yet it was wide enough to accommodate the driver and several girl-friends in the front seat.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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