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As profits soar, the principality's state-owned hotels and casinos operator has a strategy to attract even more big-spending tourists

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As a child, the novelist and biographer was ambivalent about her run-down home. Now she's fallen in love with the family pile – and saved it from ruin

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Think of One: Have stage, will travel...

The Belgian band Think of One – plus their African guest stars – have been on the road for a decade. Tim Cumming joins them

Long way down: a journey through the Atlas mountains

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Whatever your budget, there are still deals available to woo your lover. Ian McCurrach rounds up the best late offers for couples

Margaret Truman: Singer, biographer and crime writer

She was a singer, a praised biographer, and a bestselling crime novelist. But she is best known for a letter threatening physical violence to a music critic who panned one of her performances. It was written by her father – who at the time just happened to be the President of the United States.

Buying overseas: The sun in splendour

Many of us dream of escaping the chilly weather, but is Europe far enough? Go further to guarantee rays, advises Laura Latham

The way we live now, by Peter York: Arabian(esque) nights

Somewhere between Old Chelsea and Old Notting Hill there's a place called Non-specific Arabia. It's populated by educated Arabists, superannuated rich hippies, worshippers of early travel writers like Freya Stark and old upper-class people who thought Tangiers was tremendously front-line fun.

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Q I am turning 40 in March and want to mark the occasion with a week's holiday with my husband and children (aged two and three) somewhere warm. We don't want to fly too far (time zone issues with the children), but would like a beach, some sights and a bit of culture. We haven't considered a budget yet but are not looking for anything too luxurious.
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