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Now... Kuoni is having a sale, until 15 July, with deals from Vietnam to Marrakech. An imminent departure is Barbados, next Monday, 18 June. Staying at the Ocean Two Resort on the south coast, a week costs £1,257 (room only) with flights from Gatwick. Kuoni.co.uk

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Iwas 16 when we sneaked into the bridal shop. I was wearing denim flares twice as big as my legs and a T-shirt with Kurt Cobain's face on it. I kept my hair in a bob so short the lads at school called me 'Harold'. As we approached the glass front door, passing under a sign that said 'Virgin Brides' in red and gold, my friend nodded at it and sniggered, "Ask them if you get a discount".

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