Travel Hannah and Chico take the long way round Wales

How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

The Agreeable World Of Wallace Arnold: Save the British bulldog from being cut off in its prime

We're on the move!!! Yes, it's been a tremendous week for those of us who have no wish to be ridden over roughshod by the bureaucrats of Brussels and their Westminster henchmen. But let us not rest on our laurels. Looking at these latest statistics from the EEC, it is clear to me that the battle is far from over.

Shopping and Design: The return of the rack

Clear away some clutter by storing all your hip magazines in style. By Dominic Lutyens

Travel: Greece - An island fit for heroes

A search for Patrick Leigh Fermor led Jane Garwood to the peaceful, scrub-covered hills of Hydra

Football: Bricks and motivation

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Sport On TV: Better to be a Spanish donkey than an England coach

IT'S BEEN going on for years, it seems. Professional sportsmen slipping away to clandestine assignations with women who are good with their hands, all the while maintaining a conspiracy of silence. But then we always knew footballers were spiritual beings.

Football: Thoroughbreds romping the donkey derby

Chelsea's smooth European progress has revealed nothing about their true quality - yet

Our phoney sentiments for animals

Only when cruelty becomes media-fodder do the British remember that they are animal-lovers

Travel: Rough Guide - Ireland: Time-worn, wind-bitten and totally wonderful

Margaret Greenwood, co-author of `The Rough Guide to Ireland', recalls baths, bogs, bones and a bodega

Fashion: Bright young threads

The style police: Grey is old news now, but it's too early to step into spring's colour. What's a fashion victim to do? James Sherwood provides the answers

A tricky tale to hang on a donkey

Britain is slowly ceasing to be a Christian nation, so it is not at all surprising that the idea of Christmas should provoke uneasy ethnic stirrings. As a religious festival it is all too easily avoided: only a small proportion of us bother to go to church, and the closest many of us get to a carol is if we tune in to the sound systems in shopping malls. But as a social and commercial proposition it cannot be wished away even by the millions of Britons to whom it means nothing. Still, people try. Last month it was suggested, by a busy official in Birmingham, that Christmas be renamed "winterval" so as to detach it from any specifically Christian (ie insulting, imperialist, etc) overtones. And the tabloids made merry last week with the head teacher who cancelled the Christmas party in her school in favour of a summer knees-up, and did not decorate a Christmas tree.

Travelling day and night from afar

Mary's Asian. Joseph is white. And the Three Wise Men are 'C of E, Sikh and Muslim'. Robert Butler hails a very Nineties nativity play

'Away in a manger in frosty

The single mother, the angel, the carpenter, the inn-keeper - Hester Lacey and Victoria Yiasoumi revisit the nativity and discover what the modern-day participants are doing on the 25th

Trevor Travel takes a big trip

IF I WERE God, or a parent, or the producer of The Truman Show, I would create a character called Trevor Travel. The point of his existence would be to take the perfect holiday.

Woofie is saved and so joins the great British pantheon of animals as heroes

EVERY DOG has its day, and yesterday was Woofie's. The cross- collie bitch sentenced to death for allegedly biting a postman won an 11th-hour reprieve at a court case attended by the world's most famous dog-lover, the film star Brigitte Bardot.

COMPETITION: LITERALLY LOST NUMBER 56

THIS EXCERPT is taken from a work of travel literature. Readers are invited to tell us: a) where the action is taking place, and b) who is the author? Blackwell's Bookshops will award pounds 30 worth of book tokens to the first correct answer pulled out of the hat. Answers on a postcard, please, to: Literally Lost, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Usual competition rules apply. Entries to arrive by this Thursday.
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

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The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada