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Lose yourself in the enchanting scenery and crystal waters of this historic chain of islands – perfect for relaxation and activity alike

Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar has been given permission to wear his turban instead of traditional regimental headgear

First Sikh guardsman to be given permission to wear a turban instead of a bearskin

Palace under pressure not to break more than 100 years of tradition.

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Promising career sunk by greed: rise and fall of Margaret Moran

Former MP who fiddled £53,000 in expenses judged unfit to stand trial

The Polish Boxer, By Eduardo Halfon, trans. Ollie Brock et al

For all its ruses, this novel-memoir holds compelling secrets

A Royal Flying Corps pilot adjusts his camera. Below: an aerial photo of German and British trenches

New European archive collects untold stories of the First World War

Thousands of moving war stories are being unearthed in a drive to gather a vast collection of First World War memorabilia from across Europe.

A view over the Limmat river in central Zurich

Don't rule out a nice slice of super-safe Switzerland

Buy a home there and enjoy a 1 per cent mortgage, the world's best quality of life, and an ultra-safe economy

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Travel tech: Make your phone work magic when you're abroad

Your smartphone remains a crucial travel companion: currency converters with the latest rates, Skype to make calls home, ebook readers to keep you amused. But travel apps offer much more. There are lots of them – 49,000 on the iPhone alone. Here are a few you shouldn't be without.

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After 42 years, missing Lichtenstein painting is returned

NEW YORK — A $4 million Roy Lichtenstein painting that disappeared 42 years ago when it was sent out for cleaning was returned Tuesday to its owner in Manhattan.

Web deliveries rise as mail sent by consumers falls

The amount of mail sent by consumers has more than halved in the past six years, but internet shopping has fuelled an increase in the number of packets and parcels being delivered, according to a new study.

Postman jailed after hiding 75,000 letters in garden shed

Undelivered items were found after Royal Mail sent tracking device with shopping voucher

Lucas's Au Naturel : crude joke or an exercise in colour, shape and texture?

Sarah Lucas: Ordinary Things, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Another London: International Photographers Capture City Life 1930-1980, Tate Britain, London

Don't laugh: Sarah Lucas's erotic work may bring naughty postcards to mind, but in reality she's as classical an artist as Cézanne or Michelangelo

Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else

Finally, the Games are here – and I still have to pinch myself to believe they are happening. As an adopted Londoner – I live in east London and work in the Olympic heartland of Newham – my emotions today as the curtain goes up are a mixture of excitement, immense pride, and great anticipation. The goose bumps have already started.

Bradley Wiggins is proudly the champion of the 2012 Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins: A British cyclist winning the Tour de France? How is this possible?

Simon O’Hagan pays tribute to the Kilburn boy whose historic, once unimaginable, exploits on the roads of France have had an extraordinary effect in his homeland

Book of a Lifetime: Collected Poems, by Derek Walcott

In 1976, when I was 14, my family migrated to Britain from the Caribbean. We had landed in a cauldron of bitter rhetoric about race and immigration. Unemployment was rising, and a vociferous minority demanded that "coloured" migrants be sent home.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
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Scarred by the bell

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?