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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Sightseeing in deepest Finland

Q I am flying to deepest Finland from Heathrow, with a five-and-a-half-hour stopover in Helsinki. Is this enough time for sightseeing or am I doomed to wander the corridors and gift shops waiting for the hours to tick by?

Alastair Kleissner, South Wales

Jamieson's stroke of genius delivers Britain a shock silver

After the expected came a British tale of the unexpected. Michael Jamieson only made it to the Olympic Games by two-hundredths of a second and while Britain yesterday prepared to greet two of its sure thing golds, the young man from Glasgow prepared to deliver a medal that nobody saw coming outside his training base in Bath.

Summer 2012: Short and sweet

Go on a tasty trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham, which has joined up with the Ramada Encore to provide overnight breaks for a family of four for £99. The deal includes B&B and tickets for two adults and two kids for the attraction, which tells Cadbury's delicious story.

Inside travel: How to make the most of the falling euro

The last time you could hope to change sterling to euros and clear €1.22 for each £1 was in the autumn of 2008, when the pound was halfway down its freefall towards parity – the midwinter trough when £1 equalled €1. Sterling enjoyed a briefest of summer flings in 2010, when €1.20 seemed tantalisingly within reach.

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48 Hours: Helsinki

With long summer days and a vibrant arts festival on the agenda, the Finnish capital is now at its most alluring, says <b>Chris Leadbeater</b>

Ask the traveller: Cruise fuel surcharge

Without sight of the exact contract you signed with the company, it's impossible to say for certain – but it's safe to say that the typical terms-and-conditions of the cruise companies includes a clause to say, basically, "If the price we pay for fuel rises, we reserve the right to pass that extra cost on to you."

Soprano Claire Rutter is aiming for a happy Finnish

Singing the title role in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia is a tough call at any time, but for soprano Claire Rutter, who stars in this role at ENO on Monday, it's going to be tougher than usual. For film-maker Mike Figgis is making his operatic directorial debut with a production that will mark several firsts: it will be simultaneously broadcast by Sky on three TV channels, it will be screened in 3D in selected cinemas, and it will be interspersed with footage of a film he has already shot in Rome, to a soundtrack created from the score.

Turku: a beacon in the Baltic

The Finnish city of Turku is expecting more than two million visitors during its time as European Capital of Culture for 2011. And now's the perfect time to visit this enlightened wonderland, says Jo Caird