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Album review: Floraleda Sacchi, Happy Birthday John! (Amadeus Arte)

There's something about the Zen-garden aspect of John Cage's music that lends itself particularly well to these interpretations by the Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi. The instrument is especially effective in the more obviously “beautiful” pieces such as “Dream” and “In a Landscape”, where the undulating, intertwining figures have the same serene intensity as on piano, but are less overtly soothing, always poised on a sharper edge.

The true Lake District? The day I wandered
lonely as a cloud... in South Norwood

A south London tourist board is challenging the Lake District's claim to the name. So did it bring out the poet in John Walsh

A secret-postcard preview, from Sir Paul Smith, Orla Kiely, Paula Rego, John Baldessari, Manolo Blahnik

Just £45 for a David Bailey? It must be the RCA's secret sale

Hundreds will queue overnight to buy postcard-size artworks that could be worth tens of thousands

Workspace beats gloom as small firms fight for room

London’s entrepreneurs continue to buck the economic woes of the rest of the country amid increasing demand for space, landlord Workspace said today.

It's downhill from here: Simon skiing from the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla, accessed via a 10-minute helicopter ride from Grimentz

Skiing in Switzerland: Going off-piste in Grimentz

A drought in a resort famous for its epic snowfall. A mountain with the best steep terrain anywhere... in a heatwave. Crud, slush, mud: the life of the off-piste skier with a day job can be as frustrating as it is ruinous.

Catholics hand out 1 million anti-gay marriage postcards

A million anti-gay marriage postcards were handed out at Catholic masses over the weekend as the Roman Catholic Church began a last-ditch mobilisation of opposition to the equal marriage bill.

Ron Pope, Koko, London

“It is pretty simple, the words are like a nursery rhyme,” the enthusiastic singer encourages us, as he persuades ardent fans to join in with the night’s closing number.

The hand of God? No, this was a diabolical act that cast a shadow of over the glorious FA Cup

Just when it seemed that Swansea and Arsenal had taken the remnants of what we like to call the old glory of the FA Cup into some kind of safe-keeping, Luis Suarez popped up with a hand to play.

Suarez confirmed his status as the most brilliant but troubling enigma

James Lawton: The hand of God? No, this was a diabolical act from Luis Suarez that cast a shadow over the FA Cup

Liverpool striker confirmed his status as the most brilliant but troubling enigma

Postcard from... New York

If there is one thing forever associated with New Year's Eve in New York it's the sight of a shimmering ball dropping down a 130ft pole in Times Square. The ball is reported to be some 12ft in diameter, weighing around 5kg, and is watched by millions around the country – and the world. Touching down at midnight, it signals the beginning of the new year, and has been a staple of the city's celebrations for more than a century.

How We Met: Serena Rees & Jan Pienkowski

'Something would always go wrong at his parties. One year something caught fire'

Sussex-based Nessie Maclay designs beautiful handmade greeting cards and stationery for her company Thisisnessie
Sussex-based Nessie Maclay designs beautiful handmade greeting cards and stationery for her company Thisisnessie

What we know about the Connecticut school shooting

Key facts from the scene of the shooting at the school in the US state of Connecticut:

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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That's a bit rich

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