Travel Vibrant Guangzhou

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Frank Avray Wilson: Artist who was one of the UK’s first abstract expressionist painters

The strongly coloured paintings of Frank Avray Wilson partook of the gesturally assertive and spontaneous painterly styles of 1950s “Tachism”, informalism and abstract expressionism. At the same time, Avray Wilson’s scientific background – he read biology at Cambridge during the mid 1930s – instilled an aesthetic necessity for structure and for what he called “vitalist” form. His philosophical interests went much further than following the pre-war tendency to link art and science, seeking and insisting on a transcendentalism to counter the atheist or materialist credo of the post-war existential age.

Fantastic voyage: Travels with Charles Darwin

As Britain celebrates Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, Simon Calder and Ben Ross chart the great naturalist's journey aboard the Beagle – a voyage that took in a natural selection of the world's top travel destinations

Property around the world: The best of the rest

French fancy: Pézanes, Languedoc, France

Would-be buyers show interest in Viyella

Women's clothing firm Viyella has attracted "significant" interest from potential buyers, administrators said today.

Why I love: Flying the coop

Christopher Biggins, actor

Sarah Sands: Weddings are for the family. The couple can wait

The Richard Curtis wedding – village church, silly hats, Hugh Grant pulling faces – is going out of fashion. One in six couples now prefer to get married abroad. They want something secular, hot and relaxed. Suspension of their everyday lives, freedom from their in-laws, wedding shots framed in Caribbean sunshine.

My Life In Travel: John Torode, chef

'I take shorts and thongs - the ones that go between your toes!'

Boyd Tonkin: The best writers aren't all English

Clézio's Nobel fits a pattern of awards to Anglophone border-crossers

Can Travolta bring hope to the forgotten ghettoes?

Three years ago disaffected youths set suburban estates ablaze across France. Now, the movie industry is filming in Paris' poorest banlieues to try and kick-start regeneration. But what happens when they leave, asks John Lichfield

Mauritius: The life aquatic

Rebecca Corbally skips the spa to try some more adventurous options in Mauritius

My life in travel: Sadie Frost

'Kate Moss's party on the Great Wall of China was outstanding'

Cruise passengers 'held to ransom'

Passengers stranded for two nights on a cruise liner in Madeira said today they were being "held to ransom".

Mauritius - the island of love letters

Adored by honeymooners, Mauritius has also won a place in the hearts of the literati. Charlotte Cripps discovers why

A wing and a prayer

It's been a tough year for many species. But others have thrived in 2007. Peter Marren reports
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