Album review: Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman, Egils Silins, Wagner In Switzerland (RCA Red Seal)

It's easy to overlook how important his stay in Zurich was to Wagner's development. Having fled there in exile following his participation in the failed Dresden Uprising of 1849, the composer would crystallise his ideas of musical drama in the city, through a series of essays, and more concretely in his prodigious output while resident there.

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India police arrest three men over American woman's gang rape in Himalaya foothills

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Shipton & Tilman: the Great Decade of Himalayan Exploration, By Jim Perrin. Hutchinson, £25

With what relish Jim Perrin must have written the dateline concluding this idiosyncratic biography: "Ariège, Bastille Day 2012". In Shipton & Tilman, the Pyrenees-based Perrin has ignited some impish Fete Nationale firecrackers of his own to slip under the door of mountaineering's conceit. His aim has been to reclaim these two explorers from an establishment within which "they never truly belonged".

Police in Nepal are investigating a fight between Sherpas and three European climbers

Fighting on Everest is just one more sign the golden age of mountaineering has passed

Overcrowding and culture clashes are the modern Himalayan climbing experience

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James Lawton: Surely it's time San Marino had to qualify against a dot in the Pacific

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Dalai Lama rumoured to be attending England's final ODI in India

Given his patience and mastery of inner peace, the Dalai Lama has some of the attributes required to be an excellent test cricketer. 

Final ODI set to go ahead in Dharamasala as fears of snow melt away

Fears that the fifth and final one-day international between England and India would not go ahead on Sunday were put to bed as the teams awoke in Dharamsala in perfect cricketing weather.

Ronnie Wood enjoys the show

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Fashion finds inspiration from the great explorers, discovers Harriet Walker

Ian McKeever was a well-known mountaineer

Conqueror of Kilimanjaro killed by lightning on beloved mountain

Irish climber Ian McKeever inspired others to follow their dreams

Everest 1953: The Epic Story of the First Ascent, By Mick Conefrey. Oneworld £20

The received picture of the 1953 British Everest expedition is of a seamless triumph, to make up for the earlier failures of the 1920s and 1930s. Mick Conefrey's groundbreaking new book reveals how far from seamless it actually was.

Japan’s elderly, who are fitter and healthier than ever before, have created a ‘pension time bomb’; plans to diffuse it include allowing them to work longer and investing in people as they age

Land of the rising retirement age

Japan's pensioners may be celebrated – but they are also creating a 'national crisis'. By David McNeill in Tokyo

Nepal's tragic news sent a shiver down my spine

I awoke, as usual, with the radio on. I can't get to sleep if it's not, a habit I acquired growing up in Beirut where the BBC World Service would always be on. Lebanon is a place where news really matters and you would often find out who was shooting at you from some calm voice in London before anybody local had worked it out.

City lawyer among seven Britons killed in Nepal plane crash

A young City lawyer, two mountaineering friends and a group of outdoor enthusiasts from the north west were among the 19 people killed in yesterday’s plane crash outside Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

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Lost horizon at the top of a tower

Leading article: So gifted, yet so refreshingly normal

There are, of course, any number of well-known Olympians. Sir Chris Hoy – who pedalled to a barnstorming fifth gold medal on Thursday – has been a household name since Beijing four years ago. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis became a darling of British sport when she won the world championships in 2009. And as for Bradley Wiggins, he needs no introduction at all. But the most striking aspect of Team GB's performance at London 2012 is the triumph of those who have, until now, laboured far from the limelight.

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