Arts and Entertainment Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival 2014

The US rockers will join Calvin Harris and Biffy Clyro at the top of the bill

Homes evacuated as month's worth of rain falls in a day

More than 11,000 homes and businesses are being protected by flood defences and owners of 7,000 properties have been issued with warnings as people were forced to flee after more than a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours.

Festival goers brave the mud and high winds at the Isle of Wight Festival yesterday

Missing Glastonbury? Isle of Wight festival keeps the spirit alive

When Glastonbury decided to take a year off in 2012, it must have seemed like a golden opportunity to the organisers of the Isle of Wight festival to temporarily take its place as the first big event of the summer music season.

Isle of Wight Festival revellers forced to sleep in cars

Hundreds of revellers have been forced to sleep in their cars after traffic became gridlocked when the Isle of Wight Festival site turned into a mudbath caused by heavy rains.

Actor Anthony Bate dies aged 84

Actor Anthony Bate, best known for his role in the BBC's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and a familiar face of TV drama during his five decade career, has died at the age of 84.

Poison doctor guilty of frame plot

A jailed doctor who tried to poison his pregnant lover has had his jail sentence extended by two years after he was found guilty of plotting to frame her from behind bars, according to police.

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Chewton Glen, New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire BH25 6QS (01425 282212; chewtonglen.com). Tree House Suites start at £600 per night, including breakfast. Sleeps two-seven.

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The Big Six: British tree houses

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Illumination: David Gascoyne

Night Thoughts: The Surreal Life of the Poet David Gascoyne, By Robert Fraser

Many know about the death by drowning of WS Gilbert; others are aware that in 1933 Ernest Hemingway, incensed by a review, trashed the Paris bookshop in which he read it. Few could point to these incidents' one degree of separation. Such surprises regularly punctuate the soberly engrossing chronicle which Robert Fraser has created around the life of a poet whose modest fame has burned steadily, almost brightly, since his Thirties emergence as a teenage prodigy.

Leigh McMillan at the 2008 Olympics

British Olympic sailor Leigh McMillan takes lead in Qingdao

British Olympic sailor Leigh McMillan swept into the lead on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao and Britain’s reigning world match racing champion, Ian Williams, pulled back up to third overall going into the final day.

Festival Guide 2012: As Glastonbury rests, rival festivals look to raise their game

With the daddy of them all taking a fallow year, 2012 is a chance for smaller festivals to show off their charm and diversity

Festival Guide 2012: Ones to watch

"Oh yeah, all right/ Take it easy, baby/ make it last all night."

Kevin Pietersen hits one of his two sixes on the way to 130 and victory over Pakistan in Dubai

Pietersen's brilliance secures the whitewash

Pakistan 237 England 241-6 (England win by four wickets)

Trending: The many lives of Lord Lucan

A new theory has emerged about Lord Lucan – that he was living in Africa years after he disappeared following the 1974 murder of his children's nanny. Some of those other theories:

Hockney's 'Woldgate Woods, 21, 23 & 29 November 2006' will be shown at the Royal Academy exhibition

Hockney has all the time in the Wolds

The artist's epic, tranquil paintings illuminate a little-visited corner of Yorkshire, says Christopher Hirst

The Duchess of Cambridge turns 30 tomorrow

30 things to do by the time you are 30

She's joined the scouts, drunk Dom Perignon, and bagged a prince. As the Duchess of Cambridge turns 30 tomorrow, Matthew Bell, who follows suit in August, finds out how many must-do-before-you're-30 achievements Kate Middleton can tick off, and compares notes. How many have you done?

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