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Beauty: The best fragrances for Father's Day

1. Voyage d'Hermès

1. La Compagnie de Provence sponge: £14, selfridges.co.uk - A soft natural sponge is a real treat in the shower, and a good alternative for those who dislike man-made fibres or scratchy mitts.

The 10 Best Shower products

Soap up and rinse off stress, grime and grit with these brilliant bathroom buys, from spartan sponges to luxe lathers

Insider's Guide: The Ligurian Coast

For this week's Insider's Guide, Kay D'Souza, regional manager of the slow travel specialist Inntravel (inntravel.co.uk), offers her top tips for a holiday in Liguria.

Bachelor-about-town Michael Winner sets wedding date at 75

He's had more than 130 lovers and admits to being unfaithful to them all. But Michael Winner is to end his reign as Britain's most confirmed bachelor by finally marrying, at the age of 75.

Hallowe'en holidays: Hogwarts heaven for families

Kevin Rawlinson catches up with Harry Potter's wizardly escapades at Orlando's new attraction

Seventh child for Rod Stewart at 66

Rod Stewart is to become a father again at the age of 66. His wife, Penny Lancaster, 39, is pregnant with the singer's seventh child. She discovered she was pregnant while celebrating the couple's third wedding anniversary in Portofino, Italy.

Light winds hit opening day of Nespresso Cup

The rain drifted away, the sun made an occasional bow, but light winds plagued the opening day of the Nespresso Cup at the picture postcard, oh-so-chic fishing village of Portofino, on the Italian coast east of Genoa.

Equestrianism: Whitakers enjoy family affair

Michael Whitaker continued to celebrate his return from a four-month ban when he rode Portofino to win yesterday's Christmas Pudding Stakes at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

My Life In Travel: Sir Trevor McDonald

'An engine fell out of the plane on my way to Toronto'

Summer on the beach: the Italian Riviera

It's got glitz, it's got glamour, and it's got some of the best seafood you'll taste in the whole of Italy. Sarah Barrell reveals how to get the best out of a holiday in Liguria

Trail of the Unexpected: La dolce vita lives and lunches at the Hotel Splendido

The best travel tip I ever had came from my late father. If you don't have the money to stay in a smart hotel, he said, then stay somewhere cheap but try to muster enough for lunch in the posh place. Then you can legitimately arrive early, linger all afternoon, and feel as though you're part of the beau monde. After all, who needs a cavernous bedroom with swags on the tails and tails on the swags? All you need is a bed. But every holiday should have a long, lazy lunch in fabulous surroundings, then an hour or two by a sparkling pool, ideally with waiters providing small chilled aerosols of mist to stop you overheating. If you can afford to stay the night, so much the better. If you can't, you've still had a five-star experience.

Berlusconi offers own homes to quake survivors

Italy's billionaire prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has offered to put up in his own homes to some of the thousands of people made homeless by this week's earthquake.

Equestrianism: Whitaker enjoys golden win on Mirabelle d'Or

Michael Whitaker, always so hard to beat, outsped his rivals yet again to win the Xerox Special Event Services Cup here yesterday at the Horse of the Year Show. Riding Debbie Cox's Fairviews Mirabelle d'Or, a French-bred eight-year-old mare, this newly formed partnership won by the narrowest margin, 0.01sec, from Guy Williams on Onyx V.

My Life In Travel: Jan Ravens, Actress

'Ideal companion? Someone who looks worse in a swimsuit than me'
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