Spain vows to defend its Gibraltar interests while British fleet sails in (coincidentally, of course)

Mariano Rajoy says Britain should act with 'common sense and good judgement'

Sale away: Cruise bargains are still available this summer

Cruise Report: Plenty of ships to fill, so grab a last-minute European deal

If you are among the cautious thousands who have waited until now to book a summer holiday, there is a far better choice of last-minute cruises than the cruise lines – with their "book now to avoid disappointment" warnings – would have us believe.

The hot weather’s sting in the tail: Jellyfish numbers boom after warm July

Conservationists ask people to report sightings but warn beach-goers not to get too close to some species

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino seated for his trial in Grosseto, Tuscany. He is charged with multiple manslaughter over the 32 people who lost their lives and is accused of abandoning the ship while terrified passengers were still inside in the 13 January 2012 disaster

Strike halts 700-witness trial of Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino

He faces charges of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing shipwreck off Giglio island

Tour de France: Chris Froome's 10 steps to the summit – and a steep learning curve

Chris Froome has already proved he has solid Tour de France form this season, with major stage wins in the Tour of Oman, Critérium International, Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné. Here are his 10 steps to Tour glory and Britain's second overall win in a row.

Chris Froome poses for photographers in Nice yesterday

Chris Froome on the Tour de France: Free from 'pain in neck' after Bradley Wiggins' exit

Sky's lead rider says he is in fantastic form for the Tour and happy pecking order debate is over

Time Of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Theatre review: Time of My Life, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

When Alan Ayckbourn’s 45th play transferred to the West End in 1993, the critics were a little underwhelmed and disappointed. It had done well in Scarborough but for some reason it failed to excite the passions of the metropolitan taste police.

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. The sick man of Europe.

We, like, should really stop saying ‘like’

WWNMS? ‘What Would Nancy Mitford Say,’ wonders Eleanor Doughty, quite properly

Carine Patry Hoskins and David Sherborne are accused of 'undermining the integrity of the inquiry'

Perception was all at Leveson and it also matters in this legal eagle love story

No one is suggesting that Mr Sherborne and Ms Patry Hoskins behaved with anything other than propriety, but who is to know what happens when the wigs come off?

The slump in country house sales began with the financial crisis in 2008

An Englishman's home is his chateau: Potential bargains for Brits as bottom falls out of French second home market

A second home in the country is a luxury the French can no longer afford - cue an invasion of British bargain hunters?

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Men: Fresh ways to start the day

Symbolically, we all now know that blue isn’t just for boys, but when it comes to a spritz or splash, the hue represents clean, fresh masculinity better than any other – bringing to mind as it does the sea and the sky.

Cyprus rescued with €10bn bailout but savers will have to pay

Savers in Cypriot banks will be forced to hand over up to 10 per cent of their deposits to raise about €6bn

Changed man: Callum Hall with his sister Tamar

'A sting nearly killed me'

When Callum Hall stepped on a sea urchin he thought little of it. But his life was about to change for ever

Test the waters: Silversea offers a selection of short sailings

Cruise Report: Mini cruises give passengers a taste of life on board

Are you tempted by the idea of a cruise, but wary of committing too much of the holiday budget and your annual leave to something you might not enjoy? Booking a mini-cruise of two to four nights is a low-risk way of dipping a toe in the ocean of available cruise lines and ships.

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