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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

Herbert Ponting's 'End of the Barne Glacier' (1911)

The icemen cometh

An exhibition of photographs charting the journeys of Scott and Shackleton across Antarctica are the finest of their type ever produced

Stereophonics, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

You would think Kelly Jones would have to more to say at his first gigs in a year, yet, true to form, half an hour passes before he can muster a simple “Here’s one for ya.”

Catch the drift? Winter comes to Britain (at last)

After balmy weeks in which daffodils bloomed and songbirds were baffled, winter finally arrived in earnest yesterday with people in many parts of Britain waking up to the first major snowfalls of the season. Severe weather warnings were in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland and most of northern England after nearly 48 hours of flurries brought with them winter scenes and perhaps premature predictions of a white Christmas.

Andy Warhol goes to work on an egg

As a new Tate exhibition will show, the godfather of Pop Art underwent a radical change of direction late in life. Andrew McCorkell reports

The business on...Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO-designate, Clinton Cards

Isn't he the coffee guy?

Yes. If you mean is he the current managing director of Starbucks UK and Ireland, then you are drinking from the right coffee mug.

PhotoBox snaps up Moonpig.com

The founder of the personalised greeting cards firm Moonpig.com is set for a multimillion-pound windfall after the company was sold for £120m to the online photo service PhotoBox.

This is a Book, By Demetri Martin

Life with the wolfman, and other sketches

Our True Intent is all For Your Delight,

This edition of Butlin's photographs, collated by Martin Parr, coincides with Butlin's 75th anniversary.

King of technicolour tourism: A new exhibition celebrates John Hinde's postcards

From Butlin's to Battersea, Hinde's postcards transformed the experiences of ordinary British tourists into a glorious affair.

Preview: Patrick Hughes retrospective

A major retrospective celebrating the work of Patrick Hughes, dubbed the 'godfather' of UK surrealists, is to be unveiled this summer.

Royal Mail plans to shed 40,000 jobs by 2016

Royal Mail is preparing to slash nearly 40,000 jobs over the next five years as it seeks to combat the inexorable decline in postal volumes and privatisation.

Rising star Clark sets sights on Huddersfield joining Premier elite

There exists on YouTube a Tyne Tees TV interview with Kevin Keegan and some of his 1993 Newcastle United players standing on the St James's Park terraces the day after securing promotion to the Premier League.

Investment Column: 3i proves it's better to be safe than sorry

Tullett Prebon; Clinton Cards

Letter from the editor: "I do"

I am going to ask you to do a little time travelling as you begin this column.

The Insider: How to display stuff

There's an art to arranging one's things to look pleasing, rather than cluttered and claustrophobia-inducing. Yet, too much order can appear contrived and create a visual sense of unease. So how does one get the balance right?

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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