<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (19 December 2010)

It is regrettable that the debate over student fees and the abolition of the education maintenance allowance has been undermined by violent attacks led by far left groups, who have utter contempt for democracy.

Maldives &ndash; home of rising sea levels and the green elite's new meeting place

As environmentalists head for Cancun, the President pioneers a new type of eco-symposium

Dylan Jones: 'My book would tell you the exact Kraftwerk tunes you'd need for a 10-day skiing holiday in the Alps'

One of my least successful book ideas – when I told my agent about it he told me to go and have a long lie down – was a music and travel book, identifying the best soundtracks to listen to in various places around the world. I thought this was a brilliant wheeze, an encyclopaedia of great road songs, awesome beach ballads, soaring urban anthems (lots of Clash, U2 and yes, Billy Idol) and the exact Kraftwerk tunes you'd need for a 10-day skiing holiday in the Alps.

Tough new rules on marriage vows in Maldives

The Maldives has set new rules for conducting marriage ceremonies for tourists drawn to the islands' beaches, after being embarrassed by a celebrant who heaped abuse on a Swiss couple renewing their vows.

Indian hotel charged for noisy Brand-Perry wedding

Officials say managers at the luxury resort where Katy Perry and Russell Brand married are being charged with violating noise laws during last week's wedding near an Indian tiger reserve.

Paradise wedding that was lost in translation

A foreign couple who paid hundreds of dollars to renew their wedding vows in a supposedly traditional ceremony on a beach in the Maldives were unknowingly mocked and humiliated by the celebrant. A video of the ceremony was then posted on the internet. "You are swine. The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine," the couple were told as they smiled and nodded.

Matthew Norman: Parsimony, Topshop style

While it's fine to sit on an invoice from the manufacturer of opaque tights, the state can hardly be seen to send suppliers into receivership by staunching their cash flow

Tips and deals of the week: 10/10/2010

Three nights in Vienna for £227

Book three nights in the Austrian capital from £227 per person. The city break includes bed and breakfast accommodation at the five-star De France Hotel and return flights from Gatwick. Departs 31 October.

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Saudi prince 'not in gay relationship with murder victim'

The lawyer for a Saudi prince accused of murder today denied that he and the alleged victim were in a gay relationship.

Aid worker and mother: My double life

For half the year, Sharon Truelove is a stay-at-home mother. But the rest of the time, she's an aid worker in desperate situations around the globe. She describes how her family copes with the change

Mark Lynas: What an increase of 3.5C really means to the planet

Sea levels are creeping higher, polar bears are history and tropical storms of undreamt-of ferocity batter the world's coastlines.

Katy Holland: It's possible to have a little adult time with the kids around &ndash; go on a familymoon

Are we there yet? A familymoon is about finding 'the perfect balance' between a romantic getaway and quality family time
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

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Nick Clegg the movie

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Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

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