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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: How can I find out about train travel

Q I'm having real trouble trying to find any useful websites for train travel in Europe! I only want to know how much, roughly the individual tickets will cost me compared to buying a rail pass. but I just can't find any websites that will help me. Can you recommend anything?

Alice Robeson

Border Agency to be split following damning report

The UK Border Agency is to be stripped of its enforcement powers after an investigation uncovered a catalogue of failures that allowed hundreds of thousands of people into the country without adequate checks.

Tips and deals of the week: 28/08/2011

The App

Eurostar's new mobile app (free; Android / iPhone) allows passengers to book journeys on the go, and receive tickets direct to their phones.

Go to eurostar.com

At St Pancras, struggling bands find platform to promote their music

The Guillemots are in mid-song flow when the announcement that the 7:02pm Eurostar to Paris is boarding somewhat thins their audience. But that's one of the hazards for bands who are bringing "rush-hour rock" to harassed commuters at one of Europe's busiest train platforms.

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Cults, Lexington, London

There's been a huge buzz around New York duo Cults, and they're something of a mystery. Singer Madeline Follin and her guitar and keyboard-playing boyfriend, Brian Oblivion, set up their Myspace just a few months ago, with no songs, and no pictures. All we had were a couple of tunes on the website – and what infectious, lo-fi, 1960s girl-pop-inspired tunes they were.

Eurotunnel fire sparks ultimate insurance fight

When a fire closed the Channel Tunnel in September 2008, the struggling operator Eurotunnel no doubt consoled itself with one thought: its insurers would pay up. More than two years and a half years later, however, Eurotunnel remains embroiled in a legal battle with the train operators that use its infrastructure between Britain and the Continent.