Travel Med and breakast: Planet Rail offers a trip to Nice

Hemingway's Cuba, self-guided walking in Tuscany, Valentine's Day in France, and the seaside in East Sussex

Letter: Crumbling Cuba

Sir: Terence Blacker ("I have become a sentimental Communist", 7 December) may have enjoyed visiting the other reality that he found in Cuba, but it is a reality of his own wishing.



2 more dead in `Yardie' drug war

TWO MEN were shot dead and a third seriously wounded in what police say is continuing drug gang warfare in London.

festival !cuba presente!

With Cuba now one of the hottest holiday destinations, dance styles such as salsa livening up the clubs, and Cuban restaurants springing up on high streets, a Latin American wave is sweeping through the UK. London's Barbican Centre dives right into the surf this week with !Cuba Presente!, the UK's biggest-ever celebration of Cuban arts. On the 40th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, the festival will include performances by such luminaries as Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez, concerts of new and traditional music, dance and literature events, exhibitions, and a film week featuring Wim Wenders' new movie on the making of the Buena Vista Social Club. !Arriba!

Anarchy is the word on Jamaican streets

A WEEK ago today, Lloyd Thomas was a multi-millionaire, a self- made Jamaican of working-class origin who started in the hardware business with less than pounds 100. On Tuesday he found himself hiding underneath a still smouldering pile of timber inside his premises, hearing a gang of 40 heavily armed youths searching for him and saying they would kill him "because he's rich".

Right of Reply: Derick Heaven

The Jamaican High Commissioner replies to a recent article by Kenneth Taylor on the killing of British returnees

Paradise Lost

A spate of savage killings has shocked Jamaica. The 29 victims are all elderly, returning from Britain and America to the rural idylls they remember from their childhoods. But times have changed and they're not welcome anymore...

Books: A high mind in Jamaica

Andrea Henry wonders where the second generation feels most at home: Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy Review, pounds 16.99, 340pp

Jamaican Ark

SEEKING refuge from an apocalyptic flood they say will destroy Jamaica, a Pentecostal congregation has left their jobs and homes to live in their Kingston church. Ten adult members of the Angels of God Sabbath Church and their 14 children have been living in the church since 12 April, and say they will stay there indefinitely.

Arts: When Marley wailed and a government trembled

Bono's onstage mediation this week evoked memories of Bob Marley's One Love Peace concert to unite Jamaica. By Neil Spencer, who was in Kingston in 1978
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