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Estonia adopts the euro

The Baltic state of Estonia became the 17th European Union member to adopt the joint European currency, the euro early today.

Travel Agenda: Year of the Museum in Bath; New Year's Day Parade in London; Hotel La Belle Juliette in Paris; Rosewood resorts in Mexico

Today: Enjoy a hot date in Bath. The city celebrates the start of the Year of the Museum with a Roman experience at the historic baths. Visitors will be offered hot, pepper-covered fruits, as was traditional during Roman new year festivities. The year of special events will include "Bath in 100 Objects" and the refurbishment of the Holburne Museum ( Meanwhile, guests will be waking up at the new Las Piedras Fasano hotel in Uruguay, the Fasano group's first foray outside Brazil. It is in a tranquil, rural location close to the coastal action of the swanky Punta del Este ( Or head for the New Year's Day Parade in London, left, with the festivities starting at the Ritz hotel in Piccadilly at 11.45am (

Estonia joins the euro club

Estonia has become the first former Soviet state to adopt the euro, entering the common currency club at midnight last night.

Estonia to enter new era with euro adoption

Estonia was gearing up today for historic New Year's festivities to celebrate the tiny country becoming the first former Soviet republic to adopt the euro.

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Purge, By Sofi Oksanen, trans. Lola Rogers

Grandmother had to be able to see the sky – even at night, when there was nothing to see. She said it was the same sky they had at home." Home is not Vladivostok, where she shares a house with her daughter and granddaughter, and is treated as senile, only speaking her native language when caught off-guard in the watches of the night. Her home is somewhere far distant in both time and space.

British warships sunk 90 years ago found

The wrecks of three British warships that were intended to forestall a Soviet and German takeover of the Baltic states after 1917's October revolution have been found off the coast of Estonia.

It's the way he tells them... Vine's joke is Edinburgh's best

Analysing humour, it has been said, is a bit like dissecting a frog. You can do it – but the frog dies in the process. So it is probably not wise to try to explain exactly why a one-liner by Tim Vine has been named as the best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Album: Arvo Part, Symphony No. 4 (ECM)

Almost 40 years on from his third symphony, Arvo Pärt returned to the form with this "Los Angeles" symphony, recorded at that city's Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic last year.

When the sun shines, the Baltics come into their own

A new online guide to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania aims to help travellers make the most of these beautiful countries. Here, the website's author, Claire Gervat, offers a taste of her insider's guide

Russian teenager walks it but Heffernan misses out on medal

Russian teenager Stanislav Emelyanov took the first gold medal of this week's European championships with victory in the men's 20km walk yesterday.

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