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A hilltop escape with that healing feeling

Cult fear as stars make new Friends

An obscure religious group is attracting some big names, reports Cole Moreton

Preview: Meditate The psychic and the yogi

Controversial psychic Yuri Geller conspires with veteran meditator Dadi Janki tomorrow "to show how deeply refreshing it is when thoughts of peace fill the mind". The meeting will also aim to use the power of the mind to unlock our hidden potential. Will it work? Well, if the force is with you, should already know.

You're famous aren't you? Er, what was your name again?

Trevor Phillips On the art of fame

Sarah's secret garden

THE INVISIBLE MENDER by Sarah Maguire, Cape pounds 7

How good a News Bunny are you?

How well do you keep up with the news? Are you reasonably aware of what is going on in the world? Well, here's a swift way of finding out if you are or not.

DANCE Mandala Peacock Theatre

Daniel Ezralow has a CV as long as his raven curls. A former member of Pilobolus and the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and co-founder of the dance spectacle outfit Momix, Ezralow has worked on everything from paralympic opening ceremonies to commercials for The Gap and Tao Yoghurt. His current abiding interest is in the creation of multimedia events that assault the senses with a synaesthetic bombardment of images and sounds. His latest show, Mandala - a Sanskrit word for a circular representation of the universe used as an aid to meditation - is enjoying a three-week run at London's Peacock Theatre.

Cross your legs and hope to die laughing

For more and more Britons it is not Easter Day but Sangha Day, Dhama Day and Wesak Day that are the most important dates in the religious calendar.

Leading Article: Millennial dilemmas

How would you celebrate the millennium? Some would like to build a vast inverted saucer with a lot of gigantic cocktail sticks poking out the top. Others suggest a vast street party (on the M1, perhaps?) or rides on a Ferris wheel higher than St Paul's.

I'm sorry, did I hear you correctly?

Yesterday morning I received a letter from Mr Topham of Herne Bay that started:

review Orlando Royal Lyceum

Taking an Elizabethan noble boy on a gender-bending, fantastical, 300-year voyage into 20th-century womanhood, Virginia Woolf's Orlando has itself a diverse identity. It is many things: a lengthy lesbian love letter to Vita Sackville-West; a slyly seditious reworking of the conventions of male biography; a feminist meditation on gender and cultural conditioning; and a celebration of the androgenous spirit.

Marbly limbs and mother's milk

Each generation of poets brings its own preoccupations to its depictions of the body. The Metaphysicals turned their mistresses into maps or diagrams, the late Victorians were obsessed with anything poking out of robes, with warm breath and marbly limbs, Eliot lingered on decay. For today's poets, the body is oozing, breeding, sexual and often examined in scientific detail.

SPORTING VERNACULAR No 3 SEEDS

"And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away": Andre Agassi could do worse than meditate on the parable of the sower as he leaves Wimbledon, verily a seed that fell on stony ground - in his case Court Number Two, a patch of soil that has proved notably infertile for other seeds before him.

When a spade is not a spade

When a spade is not a spade

BOOKS : Visionary in a red gown

THIS second novel vaults over the difficulty traditionally associated with following up a successful debut. Swirling around nationalist and international politics, government brutality and corruption, it creates a rich impressionist landscape of a society in the throes of rapid and violent change, filtering economics and ideologies through the visions of childhood. The machinations of men in power are presented as both absurd and cruel: magical realism, here, is invented by politicians. The exuberance and extravagance of the images function as satire. This imaginary Guyana is both real and very weird.

DANCE TICKET OFFER: SMALL BONES

Tonight is the final chance to catch the London premiere of two works from Small Bones dance company, which form part of the 1996 Spring Loaded Season at London's Place Theatre. Two contemporary scores and works of literature serve as the points of departure for A Heart Undone and The Songlines, choreographed by Paul Douglas. A Heart Undone is influenced by fables and their meditation between life and death, while The Songlines reflects Chatwin's novel of the same name.
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis