Inge Laird: Poet who was a guiding light of New Departures

Inge Laird was a rara avis among artists and writers in the near ego-less purity of her aspirations and achievements. More piano and less ostentatious – but no less coherent – than Keats, Dylan Thomas or Philip Larkin, she celebrated even her own life's transience: "what little I have/drifts quietly towards/the open window".

Tips and deals of the week: 31/10/2010

Christmas markets

Take a festive break at one of Europe's Christmas markets. Dertour has a range of packages to destinations such as Cologne, Düsseldorf, Vienna and Prague from £122 per person including two nights' B&B accommodation and flights from Gatwick.

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Art of decay is revealed as buried banquet is dug up

The banquet was buried in a picturesque chateau garden outside Paris 27 years ago, – a feast of tripe, smoked udders, veal lungs, pigs' ears and trotters. Now French archaeologists, more used to unearthing Roman coins and pottery shards, are painstakingly digging up these 20th century remains.

Boxing: Klitschko snatches late win

It is not Wladimir Klitschko's fault that men in America have turned their back on the heavyweight division, but it will be his fault if he avoids Alexander Povetkin, David Haye or Odlandier Solis for another year.

Four jailed for plotting 'bloodbath' at US air base

Two German converts to Islam and two Turks were found guilty yesterday of plotting a thwarted attack that a judge said could have killed large numbers of US soldiers and civilians in "a terrible bloodbath".

End of the road for Kraftwerk founder

Dinosaur rock fans aged 45 and over will remember the pulsating, eerily monotonous yet pioneering electronic sound of the smash hit "Autobahn" that launched the German band Kraftwerk on to the popular music scene back in the 1970s.

Kaymer holds nerve to bring Ryder debut within reach

Germany's Martin Kaymer came through the most searching test of his young career yesterday and now lies sixth in the Ryder Cup race. The 23-year-old won the BMW International here for his second European Tour title, but only after losing a six-shot lead and being forced into a play-off by Dane Anders Hansen. He dedicated the victory to his seriously ill mother and as his tears flowed, said: "This was for you."