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I'm in the Ardèche for a holiday with family and assorted friends. I haven't worn shoes for 10 days and am growing a beard that is turning out to be unnervingly grey. All is good … well almost all.

Secret inquiry into Iraq war will report after the election

Campaigners and MPs express anger that the long-delayed inquiry into the conflict will not even apportion blame, reports Andrew Grice

Halfpenny tackles are worth weight in gold

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Last Night's TV: House of Saddam, BBC2<br />Dangerous Jobs for Girl, Channel 4

It's a bit of a stressful day in the House of Saddam. George W has just announced that armageddon will be unleashed in 48 hours, one of Saddam's wives is rushing about the place with an assault rifle trying to get the children organised and Saddam himself is saying goodbye to Uday and Qusay, both of them chips off the bloodstained old block. And then the BBC's historical soap opera – The Sopranos with Scud missiles – flashes back to a happier time in the tyrant's life. It is 1979 and Saddam – incorrigible old multi-tasker that he is – has decided to have two parties in one. As his daughter celebrates her seventh birthday, Saddam takes the Ba'ath leader aside and makes him an offer he can't refuse: "Retire now and nominate me as your successor." Colleagues who dissent from this unexpected turn of events are introduced to the terminally mind-changing properties of a .45 bullet, in several cases delivered by ministers eager to show their support for the new president.

Welcome to the future of travel

This special feature is a celebration of everywhere that's not here. Perhaps you'll use it as a practical guide for plotting your escape or an idle click-through of fantasy destinations (not to put too fine a point on it, travel porn) but either way, we hope you enjoy this guide to the new types of modern holiday.

Five-year deal with Benayoun will boost West Ham

West Ham have received another boost less than two weeks after the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano by securing the services of midfielder Yossi Benayoun for the next five years.

The ethics audit 2006

Big brands are despised as enemies of the environment. But they're trying to win back our hearts - by flashing their green credentials. Should we trust them? Martin Hickman reports

This gaffe shows that Mr Bush is vulnerable after all

Donald Rumsfeld's admission that there is no "hard evidence" that Saddam Hussein's regime was in league with al-Qa'ida, will have surprised no one who took the trouble to read the report produced by the US 9/11 commission in July. The commission concluded that there was no operational link between the Iraqi president and Osama bin Laden, despite the Bush administration's repeated insinuations to that effect. Mr Rumsfeld's hasty efforts to backtrack, by citing past CIA reports positing a Saddam-Bin Laden link, hardly convinced.

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