Travel Vibrant Guangzhou

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

Orange pledges free broadband for bigger spenders

Orange pledged to give its high-spending mobile phone customers free broadband access yesterday, while its smaller rival Plusnet cut prices to under £10 a month as competition in the UK's broadband market intensified.

Brian Viner: Country Life

The only penfriend I ever had was a boy from Yorkshire. My primary school in Southport had a letter-writing scheme going with his school in Halifax, and I can still remember the excitement with which I opened my first trans-Pennine missive, swiftly followed by the disappointment of discovering that he loved motorbikes and hated football. I mistrusted motorbikes (our 21-year-old next-door neighbour had been killed on one) and adored football. After one letter each, our penfriend-ship fizzled out.

Russell Latapy: Kicking the losing habit

Trinidad & Tobago's Russell Latapy, who is known as the little magician, has all the smoke and mirrors to banish bad memories and surprise England when they meet at the World Cup

Boyd Tonkin: A Week in Books

Tirelessly courteous, the small, dapper man kept on greeting, smiling and pressing the flesh until late in the evening. Around him buzzed hangers-on, as florid tapestries and heavy marble spoke of an older kind of hierarchy. When he talked, as gracious as the "royalty" he has become, you felt the vast burden of his name and fame. "Wherever Pelé goes, I carry the name of my country. I never, ever want to disappoint my people."

Nasser Hussain: My Life In Travel

'My family all caught salmonella at a hotel in Sri Lanka'

Racing: Golam and Turner, apprentice sorcerers

Jamie Spencer seals the jockeys' championship but two young riders show immense promise

Pain for Jonny, anguish for Andy

The wounded hero: Talisman's endless travails in the hitting zone bring nothing but headaches for the new coach

Heaven on a stick

When Deborah Ross was asked if she wanted to take her family to Mauritius under the auspices of work, she jumped at the chance. 'God's model of paradise' proved to have everything she expected from a tropical jewel, and a lot more besides...

Leading Article: Ministers should not tackle the business of football

AS THIS century closes, football is at the pinnacle of popular culture in Britain. From Manchester United fans in Mauritius, anxiously following David Beckham's exploits, to Arsenal victories being cheered in bars in Japan, Britain - or rather England - has finally got itself a world brand to rival the ageing escutcheon of the Royal Family. But how has this glory come to be?
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