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A hilltop escape with that healing feeling

Howe Gelb, St George's, Bristol

Double Vision By Pat Barker

As committed as a lover - and as creepy as a stalker

Intacto (15)

Thank your lucky stars

Mnemonic, Riverside Studios, London

In remembrance of things past

Double Take: Dear Prudence - The Beatles/Souxsie and the the Banshees

Robert Webb's guide to pop's most intriguing cover versions

Letter's of the year: At the movies

Sir: Your assorted film critics have missed the point of Star Wars and The Phantom Menace in particular. Of course they are bad "films" - but they are excellent "movies".

gardening: Zen in a cold climate

Zen gardens, perfect for childless city-dwellers, don't only work in Japan. But their elements must be at one with the natural environment, writes Caroline Donald

Zen and the art of getting Leylandii into proportion

A FORMER Japanese monk has discovered the answer to true peace and harmony for warring neighbours across the land - the secret of Zen and the art of leylandii maintenance.

Books: Myths, eagles and legends: get into the `Ka'

Ka by Roberto Calasso Vintage pounds 6.99

Letter: Simple side of the tracks

I WAS surprised to read the following in Mark Tully's otherwise excellent piece: "Mahatma Gandhi deliberately chose to travel third-class to demonstrate that he shared the suffering of the poor." How much the Mahatma suffered is questionable, for the whole third-class compartment was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected for him before he was left alone to meditate in peace. As Sarojini Maidu said: "Ah, if the Mahatma only knew what it costs us for him to lead the simple life..."
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The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...