Holidays 4U has collapsed: what happens next?

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50,000 lose holidays after collapse of travel company

A collapse so early indicates how tough the Mediterranean travel trade is finding summer

Mediterranean diet can add 15 years to your life

Female non-smokers who eat a Mediterranean diet, exercise and keep a healthy weight could live up to 15 years longer, researchers say. Meanwhile, men who follow a similarly healthy regime could add eight years to their lifespans, according to academics at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Invisible Ink: No 87 - Holly Roth

The photograph on Holly Roth's paperbacks shows a glamorous, attractive woman in the classic Fifties mould. Born in Chicago in 1916, she grew up in Brooklyn and London, travelling the world because of her father's business. Roth eventually came to regard herself as a New Yorker.

Howard Jacobson: The further north, the smarter you are

Up north we believe very little that we’re told. Hence the size of our brains

Market Report: US bid talk returns as ITV pushes ahead

Market gossips looking for the next prime time takeover deal switched once again on to ITV last night, as reheated rumours of interest from across the Atlantic pushed the broadcaster up.

Michael Cacoyannis: Theatre and film director best known for 'Zorba the Greek'

Only a handful of writers and film directors have seen one of their characters transcend time and space to personify a philosophy for living. The film and stage director Michael Cacoyannis became a cinematographic giant when he transferred to the screen a little known book by the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis. From his black and white film, emerged Zorba the Greek, a superman-of-the-people whose name became a byword for an irrepressible zest for life in the face of ignorance and disaster.

Shore things: Beach birds

The best beach in Britain I know is in Anglesey, a magnificent sweep of sand backed by a huge area of pristine dunes, parts of which are afforested. I know it because the whole lot is a national nature reserve and for 10 summers, I was a volunteer warden there.

The filth and the fury: A mountain of rubbish is blighting Lebanon's once-beautiful beaches

The wretched of the earth high above turquoise blue seas; take a face mask with you before you clamber up the Jabal al-Zbeleh – the 'Mountain of Rubbish' – and just imagine the beauty of the beach that still exists six storeys of muck below you. These days, you might need the face mask when you observe Lebanon's politics, but the moment you see the middle-aged Palestinians of this place, filthy and gaunt, their shirts and trousers pasted with the detritus of Lebanon, you can only feel compassion. They work high atop this vile garbage heap, to ferret out old plastic and leather and metal and still-ripe tomatoes amid flies and rats and wild dogs and rotten food and used hospital syringes and torn-open sacks of household rubbish and methane gas.

Wish you weren't here? PM foregoes UK holiday for fortnight in the sun

David Cameron is abandoning the political "hair-shirt" British summer holiday – by flying off for a fortnight in the sun with his family at the end of next week.

Simon Calder: How to be the talk of the taverna - take euros

The man who pays his way

All4One cements lead at the Audi MedCup

Multiple Olympic champion Jochen Schumann is on a charge in Italy. After a patchy performance in the opening pair of regattas, two firsts and two thirds in the opening five races of the third not only consolidated the lead of the Franco-German All4One but confirmed that grit and grip have been applied in liberal quantities.

Quantum dominates on second day of the Sardinia Trophy

Picking themselves up, dusting themselves down, and starting all over again, the American team Quantum banged in a second and a first on the second day of the Sardinia Trophy, the third of five regattas in the Audi MedCup series.

Conditions make for a choppy start to the Sardinia leg of the Audi MedCup

The Bay of Angels was in wicked mood for the start of the Sardinia leg of the Audi MedCup, a mid-strength Mistral wind mixing a cocktail of gear-threatening conditions and changing fortunes.

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