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My life in travel: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'I spent time in Oman, and found it to be the loveliest place on earth'

All aboard the new Marrakesh express

Film-makers such as Oliver Stone are slowly turning the Moroccan city into the Hollywood of Africa, Kaleem Aftab reports

Christmas is over - time to plan a summer holiday

Wild horses couldn't keep me from a life skills course on Kos if Edwina Currie did the same last summer

Album: Blur, ***

Think Tank, Parlophone

Radcliffe striding for her golden moment

Britain's captain vows to improve on last year's silver medal at this weekend's World Cross-Country Championships in Portugal

Morocco: The past is a long dream

Ancient and modern worlds meet at Volubilis, where Europeans are called `Romans'. But does this area really owe its heritage to classical civilisation?

Morocco: Souk it and see: the only way to shop

Fes's medieval medina is a maze without maps, dedicated to trade. Get lost in this walled city-within-a-city - but don't forget to buy something

Minarets, mint tea and musical nights

Berbers are Mike Gerrard's lifeline on his trek through mountain and desert

The Information on: `The Merchant of Venice'

What Is It?

PASSPORT; HENRY ROLLINS

When the American spoken-word artist isn't on the road touring, he's travelling for pleasure. His extensive tattoos usually break the ice, wherever in the world he goes

Athletics: Tergat on target for new mark

TWELVE KILOMETRES of mud and turf at Belfast's Barnett Demesne stand between Paul Tergat and a place in the World Cross-Country Championship record book.
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album