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Letter: Farmer defies the feudal hunt

Sir: Lord Monsoon does us a favour (letter, 17 July) by drawing our attention to the slaughter of birds for entertainment. No doubt there would be greater public outrage if this "sport" were more visible, not pursued on private estates and moors closed to the public in season.

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Pick of the week: The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant

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Books: Tales from the Land of Zanj

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Tim McGirk takes a leisurely journey back in time on the Darjeeling Himalaya Railway

Heavenly scents

For many of us, a bottle of designer perfume is the only designer item we ever get our hands on. But things are beginning to change. High street fashion chains like French Connection and The Gap are muscling in on the fragrance market, and many women are choosing these own-brand perfumes over the designer alternatives. Could the days of glamorous and overpriced smells be over?

Monsoon goes for listing

Monsoon, the women's fashion retailer, is to seek a stock market listing later this summer, which will value the company at around pounds 250m.

debs in their day

meet a suitably upper-crust husband, more a few agreeable parties to pass the time before university. Sheila Johnston meets the modern-day debs

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Drowning in Bangladesh

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Norway stay in charge

The England women's manager, Ted Copeland, remained upbeat despite his side's 2-0 defeat by Norway in the Women's World Cup in Karlstad last night.

Trunk call to tiger land

In Nepal's Chitwan National Park, Isabel Wolff sets off on elephant back in search of the elusive Bengal tiger

South soaks and north broils in a land of extremes

Children wait for a school bus in Kottayam, in India's Kerala state, which has been battered by the monsoon, while the north stifles in heat that has killed more than 300 people.

Travel: Meatloaf with midges in the monsoon: The torrential rains and sandflies were bad enough, but New Zealand's non-stop pop music was too much for Paul Buttle

I shook my head in disbelief. The previous night it had lashed down with rain, then all through the following day it had rained on and off, and now, just as the day was drawing to a close, it was pouring harder than ever, thudding on the roof of Graham's dilapidated car as if it might tear through it. 'Graham,' I said in mounting desperation, 'this rain is monsoonal.' Graham looked somewhat hurt. He was a local, a genuine Coaster, one of the few New Zealanders mad enough to live in Westland, the west coast of South Island.

Cricket: Battle-weary Atherton takes observation post: England on their way to monsoon territory

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