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On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations

Unsung hero: Steve Patterson deserves more credit for his wicket hauls

Laurie Evans opens up to cloud Yorkshire's ambitions

Yorkshire 302 Warwickshire 221-8 (Yorkshire lead by 81 runs)

Great works: The Assumption (1516-18) by Titian

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

Book review: Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513, By George Goodwin

Five centuries ago, a well-equipped Scots army faced the English. The result shaped our history

Palladio’s Palazzo Barbaran da Porto

Slice of the City: Vicenza - a trove of architectural treasures

Palladio’s grand buildings are a feature of this northern Italian city

Video: Classical reviews

Watch the videos below to see Peter Sellars and Cameron Carpenter discuss ‘Michelangelo Sonnets’ and also view a preview of ‘Hippolyte et Aricie’

Wayne Rooney’s stellar career has now reached a crossroads

The Last Word: Lean years may lie ahead unless Wayne Rooney learns to think thin

Miccoli, and Cassano have – at various stages, and in varying degrees – seemed to absorb obsolete bulk

The beat goes on: Philip Glass and Patti Smith pay tribute to poet Allen Ginsberg

Heads Up: Edinburgh International Festival

Beyond the Fringe - omens are good for the ‘original’ festival

Newham in east London

Want nice neighbours and community spirit? Then move to the city

Country dwellers are less civil and more likely to be irritable, reveals study

Head of a Young Apostle (c. 1519-20) by Raphael; and Leon Black, a New York private equity tycoon revealed as the person behind the record purchase of the drawing for £29m in December

New York billionaire Leon Black's bid to take £29m Raphael from UK blocked by Ed Vaizey

The private equity tycoon must wait until 3 July to discover if he can take the drawing - which he bought in December - out of England

Then and now: With Michelle Dockery in ‘Downton Abbey’

Gilded Age hasn't cometh: Julian Fellowes to postpone 'American Downton' until British one concludes

Those awaiting what has been dubbed the "American Downton" will have to be patient. The Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has said he is prepared to postpone writing The Gilded Age until the much-loved British series concludes - but there is no end in sight for the Crawley family just yet.

Great Northern Hotel, London

Just the ticket for a London landmark

Ethiopia has begun diverting the flow of the River Nile as part of its controversial scheme to build Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam

Ethiopia diverts Nile to build mega-dam

Hydroelectric project creating water anxiety in Egypt; reporter covering farm evictions arrested

Rate your shag: It's good to see student sex is as bad as ever

Why would any self-respecting person want to go on a website and detail their sexual conquests? 

Daft Punk cemented their status as dance-music demigods when their fourth album shot to No 1 of the UK album chart, becoming the fastest-selling album this year

Believe the hype: Daft Punk get lucky as Random Access Memories becomes the fastest-selling album of the year

‘Random Access Memories’ ushers in a disco renaissance

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?