News The girl, thought to be 14 or 15, was found on 11 October

Authorities are liaising with Australian police over 14 or 15-year-old girl, who initially was believed to be of European origin

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Hotel fire kills 18 in Poland

A fire in a hostel in northwest Poland killed 18 people and injured 20 and firemen are still looking for more victims, the state news agency PAP reported on Monday.

Travel challenge: The best value for an active summer holiday in Scotland

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular journey. Today: a week's holiday in Scotland, departing on Saturday 1 August, based on two adults travelling together.

24-Hour Room Service: Jumbo Hostel, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden

I regret going to the Jumbo Hostel alone. Not because travelling solo detracts in any way from the glorious absurdity of sleeping in a jumbo jet parked on the end of a runway at Stockholm's busiest airport. Not because of loneliness: the staff, in their retro airline outfits, couldn't be friendlier. And certainly not because of any desire to get married out on the wing, although that option is available to guests who are so inclined. No, my regret lies in wasting the opportunity to cosy up in the romantic penthouse cockpit, thereby missing out not only on the private bathroom, but on an all-too-rare opportunity to get a pilot's-eye view of the world (alright, an airport) from the front of an aeroplane.

TV presenter says Barry George stalked her

TV presenter Kay Burley has gone to police with concerns about the self-confessed stalker Barry George, sources said today.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Barracks, by John McGahern

Although I still have that first copy of the book, I can't tell whether I brought it out from Ireland or if I picked it up somewhere along the way. What I do know is that I first read John McGahern's The Barracks as a student in the early 1980s, when I was travelling through Europe for the summer.

'Shocking' rise in homelessness among women

Conservative statistics show threefold increase in five years but charities warn the true picture is worse still

Andy McSmith: Six weeks' work in a holiday camp was enough for me

Between school and university, aged 18, I spent six weeks working at the Butlins holiday camp in Clacton, sweeping up and clearing tables. The place was a "camp" in more senses that one. We were there all day, and in the evening were bussed to a hostel called Ambleside, where there were uniformed security men at the door. There was no escape from it, even at weekends, when there was as much work to do as in the weekdays.

Homeless woman arrested after blaze

A homeless woman was arrested today on suspicion of starting a fire which engulfed a church, sources said.

7 July plot: Jury given majority direction

The jury in the trial of three men accused of helping the 7 July suicide bombers plan their attack by carrying out a two-day reconnaissance mission in London was today told majority verdicts could be returned.

Northern Ireland: Green and very pleasant

For Catherine Mack, getting back to nature in the wilds of Northern Ireland meant exploring the Mourne Mountains, then recovering in a bath of local seaweed

Rags to riches for boy from bush who is a fast learner

Dale Steyn has come from nowhere to be the world's No 1 paceman. Relaxed off the pitch but fearsome on it, he will be South Africa's danger man against England. By Stephen Brenkley

The real world: Colm Hanratty editor of

Colm Hanratty, 30, is editor of the backpacker travel site His job has seen him travel through 29 countries and stay in over 50 youth hostels. Hanratty has a degree in journalism and media communications from Griffith College, Dublin.

Even the Himalayas can't compare with the beauty of Lakeland

He's explored the world's greatest landscapes, but Sir Chris Bonington's heart will always belong to the Lake District. On the eve of the Cumberland Ale Keswick Mountain Festival, he reveals his best-loved walks – and pints

Serial paedophile back in UK

A serial paedophile arrived in the UK today after being deported from Australia following a 12-year jail sentence.

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
I really believe that Louis recognised the music from the tour, and when I gave birth to him at home I played Ray's record as something that he would recognise to come into the world with. </p>
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

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Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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