Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

Chi-chi on the Costas

It is still possible to buy stylish properties along the Spanish coastlines - but they certainly come with hefty price tags. According to the experts, if it's chic you're after, you may do better to start looking inland. Ginetta Vedrickas reports

Family Travel Q&A: Walk the fairways, and beyond

The Independent Parent: Your Questions Answered

A woman and her money are soon parted

IF IT'S any consolation to Denise Rossi, the woman ordered by a California judge to hand over her $1.3m (pounds 800,000) lottery jackpot to her ex-husband for failing to declare it in the divorce courts, it won't make him happy. Honestly it won't.

Weekends in orbit are latest holiday offers

IF THE prospect of two weeks in Marbella bores you and even a walking holiday in Patagonia fails to excite you, perhaps it is time to start planning a long weekend in space.

Obituary: Peter Townend

PETER TOWNEND'S first novel, Zero Always Wins, published in 1960, reflects his passion for roulette. His later thrillers, Out of Focus (1971), Zoom (1972) and Fisheye (1974), centre round another passion, photography, and feature a one-eyed photographer as hero. They attracted critical acclaim; a Daily Telegraph reviewer suggested that he might be the new Ian Fleming.

Hague stays in Euro alliance

WILLIAM HAGUE infuriated hardline Tory Eurosceptics last night when he announced that his party would remained allied to a federalist centre-right grouping in the European Parliament.

Gibraltar embarks on risky alliance

THE CHIEF Minister of Gibraltar, Peter Caruana, has plunged into a dangerous liaison with Jesus Gil, the flamboyant and controversial mayor of Marbella, whose right-wing party is advancing throughout southern Spain. The two men sealed their friendship with a pact this week that will infuriate Madrid and prompt jitters in London.

Letter: Second Amendment to the US constitution

Sir: Steve Devereux (letter, 23 April) omits the first part of the Second Amendment to the US constitution. The right to keep and bear arms clearly refers to the people as members of a defence force, as the full text of the amendment makes clear: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Football: Gil's glitz losing its shine

Letter From... Madrid

Football: Cry freedom for president Gil

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King of Costa del Sol in corruption probe

Marbella has plunged into debt while its mayor has grown fabulously rich, writes Elizabeth Nash

a short break to... Costa del Sol

It's warm, cheap, easy to get to and some of Europe's best sights are on the doorstep. No wonder it's popular, writes Jeremy Atiyah

Why are they famous: Michelle Collins

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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