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Echo of a friendship for a girl at war

Deals of the week - Spanish cities, Newquay, Paxos

Less than £200... BA Holidays has a range of deals on Spanish city breaks this month. Destinations on offer include Barcelona and Alicante where three nights' B&B at the four-star Medium Conqueridor Hotel is £195pp on 9 August, including flights from Gatwick. Ba.com

After Tesco tells customers to keep their clothes on, where is no-shirt a no-go?

It is no unfamiliar sight on a British day averaging above 20 degrees – men and women of all shapes and sizes shedding their clothes and taking to public places.

Lorry driver arrested after two cyclists killed in Cornwall crash

A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash that killed two cyclists.

Newly-wed festival goers John and Mathilda Fristrom Eldridge, from Newquay, enjoy taking their honeymoon at the Glastonbury Festival

A Glastonbury romance: Festival newlyweds hope it won't rain on their parade

Most couples opt for far-flung destinations for their honeymoon - but one pair of newlyweds have decided to spend theirs at Glastonbury Festival.

Around 30 people evacuated after derelict seaside hotel catches fire in Newquay

Around 30 people have been evacuated from their homes and a police major incident declared after fire broke out at a derelict seaside hotel in Cornwall.

Yawning gaps in the online archive of Alistair Cooke's work have been filled by fans who recorded his weekly ‘Letter’

Enthusiasts give 620 lost Alistair Cooke 'letters' to BBC

40 years ago, David Henderson was an avid listener to the radio great. Now his treasured tapes are helping to fill a gap in the BBC’s history

Barrington in Cambridgeshire, following snowfall across the county earlier this month

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Southend to Newquay flights

The flight: easyjet.com launches its spring schedule this week. Book now to get low fares to some 300 destinations, for departures from 25-March to 24 June 2012

The only way is Cornwall – or is it Devon? EasyJet to launch new Southend-Newquay route

The only way is Cornwall - or is it Devon? The latest flight from Southend revealed by easyJet departs from the second Essex airport, destination Newquay. The two resorts will be linked from 20 June next year.

Lost footage of The Beatles visiting a chip shop while filming Magical Mystery Tour uncovered

Long-forgotten footage of The Beatles visiting a chip shop in Somerset as they filmed their surreal road movie Magical Mystery Tour is to be seen for the first time.

Ban on mankinis is good news for stags

Tales from the Water Cooler

Ban on mankinis is good news for stags

Tales from the Water Cooler

'Mankini' ban sees crime fall in Newquay

Police say a decision to ban mankinis and other "inappropriate clothing" from their town has helped significantly reduce anti-social behaviour and recorded crime.

Mankini ban 'reduced bad behaviour in Newquay', say police

Police say a decision to ban mankinis and other “inappropriate clothing” from their town has helped significantly reduce anti-social behaviour and recorded crime.

Colin Nicholls: The deputy mayor says the space is like a 'dinner party accessory'

Parking space in St Ives sells for £55,000

Parking is a premium in any town centre but in St Ives – the idyllic Cornish resort once home to Britain's artistic elite – a single space has just fetched £55,000.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003