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Next time you read that a place possesses 365 somethings, allow a whiff of scepticism to waft in with the breezy prose. York, I have been assured, has 365 pubs; and precisely 365 river irrigate the island of Dominica.


When the heat is on, the caftan comes into its own. Long flowing robes are a practical way to keep cool and shaded from the sun. However, this summer designers including Turkish-born Rifat Ozbek have adapted the caftan, turning it into a floral print dress or a loose-fitting linen tunic that would look as much at home in Camber Sands or Brighton as here in the Canaries mini-Sahara of Fuerteventura

Hushed court told of yacht slaughter died


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The final word on how to book a holiday, following stories from Bill Hartston (who could not find out what was available at half-term in the Canaries) and Martin Scudamore (who suggested how enterprising travel agencies could enhance customer service) goes to Jane Rieger of Birmingham.

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Spare a thought for the people of Antigua, Guatemala, and marvel at their extraordinary patience. Every day they are engaged in conversation by strangers who speak their language only haltingly, whose level of expression would shame a five-year-old, who will require them to repeat every reply several times - but who are exasperatingly keen to learn.

Yacht killings arrest

SCOTLAND YARD detectives and Antiguan police have made one arrest and found items belonging to the British crewmen and American couple killed last month aboard a yacht off the island of Barbuda, in the Caribbean.

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TWO British sailors and an American couple murdered on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean may have been tortured to death one by one, police said yesterday.

Visit to bank 'trigger for yacht murders': Caribbean killings took place after pounds 7,000 cash withdrawal

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Travel: A holiday rescued by another man: Ruth Picardie made all the arrangements, but idyllic Fuerteventura was turning into a disaster until she was rescued by an old-fashioned knight with a taste for adventure

I was feeling nervous about this holiday. Two weeks on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands for pounds 250, including flight and accommodation, sounded simple. Idyllic, even, judging by the brochure photographs of white sands and turquoise lagoons. The problem was that this was the first holiday for which I'd taken responsibility. For a variety of reasons, I'd always tagged along with family or friends. Unliberated as it sounds, choosing the location and booking the holiday seemed hugely onerous. What if nobody liked it? What if it rained? All my fault.

Obituary: Sir James Harford

Sir James Harford, colonial administrator, died 26 November, aged 94. Administrator of Antigua and Federal Secretary of the Leeward Islands 1936-40; Administrator, St Kitts-Nevis 1940-47; Colonial Secretary, Mauritius 1948-53; Governor and C-in-C, St Helena 1954-58.
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