Arts and Entertainment Face facts: ‘Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World’ with Dr Jago Cooper

When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.

Surfing: Britannia rides the waves

For the first time, two Britons have been asked to take part in Hawaii's fearsome surfing contest

Simon Schama: The great hope - Barack Obama

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Five luxury escapes in Polynesia

Astonishing beauty comes as standard at these island lodgings.

Why I Love: Hawaiian strumming

Nicky Campbell, broadcaster

Easter Island statue to make a pilgrimage to Paris

Moai has a mission to reform the conscience of humanity, say islanders

Johnson's new England pass the test

Pacific Islanders 13 England 39

England pack a punch for the Papuans

There are some sporting events that only make any sort of sense once they have started. There is every chance that the Rugby League World Cup will be one of them. The 13th running of the oldest global tournament in either code of rugby, which kicks off in Australia on Saturday, has had its credibility undermined well in advance.

Protesters 'reinstate' the king of Hawaii

Tourists were turned away from the Iolani Royal Palace in Honolulu yesterday as authorities assessed the damage from its brief occupation by protesters claiming they had reinstalled the islands' king on the Hawaiian throne.

Dylan Jones: I have been having a lot of acupuncture

If you ask me: 'I'm used to lying in small dark rooms as men and women work their magic'

Tonga crowns its King George V, and heralds new era of democracy

George Tupou V was crowned as the 23rd king of Tonga in Nuku'alofa, the capital, yesterday in an elaborate ceremony that many expect will usher in a new, more democratic era for the South Pacific nation.

The last king of Tonga?

Tongans have traditionally worshipped their kings. But the incumbent's subjects are increasingly disaffected – and revolution is in the air. Kathy Marks reports

A party fit for a king – but not needy Tonga

It will be the party of the century when George Tupou V is crowned King of Tonga in August – and it will be his impoverished countrymen in the tiny South Pacific nation who will bear the expense.

England left at sixes and sevens by Samoa

England were knocked out of the Hong Kong Sevens at the quarter-final stage by defending champions Samoa yesterday, leaving New Zealand to take the trophy with a win over South Africa.

Easter Island mayor wants an 'ear for an ear' from vandal

The mayor of Easter Island said yesterday that he wished the Finnish tourist who is accused of chipping an earlobe off an ancient Moai could have his ear clipped off as "justice" for damaging one of the famous statues.

Album: The Ruby Suns, Sea Lion (Memphis Industries)

On their self-titled 2006 debut, New Zealand's Ruby Suns combined a serious Brian Wilson fixation with the African memories of their well-travelled expatriate Californian leader Ryan McPhun to create a kind of antipodean indie-prog-rock.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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