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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

Bursts of joy break up the mainly bleak 'Viktor'

Pina Bausch: World Cities, Sadler's Wells & Barbican Theatre, London

What better way to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad than by staging the late, great Pina Bausch's searching, spectacular portraits of 10 world cities?

800 more Clinton Cards jobs to go

Nearly 900 people will lose their jobs next week after another wave of store closures at collapsed retailer Clinton Cards was announced.

Maureen Dunlop

Further to your obituary of Maureen Popp, née Dunlop (11 June), as a close friend of Maureen – and, like her, a former pilot – I was honoured to be asked to escort her to an investiture meeting of the Guild of Air Pilots, writes Richard Gregory.

400 more jobs go at Clinton Cards

More than 400 people lost their jobs today after another wave of stores was closed at collapsed retailer Clinton Cards.

Clinton Cards rescued from administration

Clinton Cards has been rescued out of administration by American Greetings, saving 4,500 jobs at the UK card retailer.

American Greetings firm snaps up Clinton cards

The remains of high street chain Clinton Cards were today snapped up by an American greetings cards firm in a deal saving 397 stores and 4,500 jobs.

Fireworks explode over the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday

Frisco looks back at the Golden era as its bridge turns 75

Still golden, after all these years, San Francisco's most celebrated landmark turned 75 at the weekend with a display of pomp, pageantry, and fireworks so extravagant that they could be seen from space.

100m hurdles. What she did yesterday: 12.81sec is Ennis's fastest hurdles time in a heptathlon. She clocked 12.94sec at the World Championships last summer
What will she have to do in London? 12.81sec would be a good start for Ennis. She is a world-class hurdler and therefore needs to make ground on her rivals in this event

Ennis storms away from field despite high-jump low

British record in sight for Olympic gold contender after fine first day of heptathlon in alpine setting

Verdi Falstaff, Royal Opera House

Where there’s Falstaff there’s food. And Robert Carsen’s new staging of Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece plays like an ode to gastronomical excess.

Don Lewin started Clinton Cards in the 1960s

Clinton Cards' administration puts 8,000 at risk

When Don Lewin took £500 in savings and opened up his first card shop on Epping High Street in the late 1960s, he was hoping to make enough money to fulfil his childhood dream of owning a Rolls Royce.

Don Lewin started Clinton Cards in the 1960s

Clinton Cards: The shop that played its hand wrong

Don Lewin turned £500 into a huge gift-shop empire. But Clinton Cards failed to adapt to the internet age – and now may be forced to fold

Abusive tweeter John Graham Kerlen avoids jail

A blogger who called a councillor a "c***" on Twitter and invited people to put excrement through his letter box avoided a jail sentence today.

Hitler postcard found at roadshow

Adolf Hitler was surprisingly keen to return to the front line after being injured in the First World War, a recently-discovered postcard suggests.

Peel LP collection goes online

It is a record collection that any vinyl enthusiast would covet. From obscure German techno to Appalachian folk music, to the latest sounds in the rock and pop world; the thousands of carefully catalogued albums owned by the late DJ John Peel literally have something for everyone.

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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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