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He won an Oscar for his portrayal of a brutal colonel in the SS, and now Christoph Waltz is heading to the other end of the political spectrum as he steps into the shoes of the former leader of the Soviet Union.

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The man who pays his way

Get me out of here: Seville, Eclipse cruise, Anchorage

Soon... Slink off to Seville in September. Kirker has a deal that includes four nights' B&B at Casa No 7 for £598 per person, plus Ryanair flights from Gatwick or Stansted for Sunday-to-Thursday departures in September. kirkerholidays.com

Steam bath: swimming in the Blue Lagoon

48 Hours: Reykjavik

With new flights, longer days and a busy cultural calendar, the Icelandic capital is an appealing prospect, says Nick Boulos.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been playing for Arsenal sooner than may have been expected

Pearce praises Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain

The England Under-21s manager, Stuart Pearce, feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can only get "better and better", both for club and country.

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

EasyJet launches Iceland route

Low-fare airline easyJet is to fly to Iceland for the first time.

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The Festival

The London Mela is Europe's largest celebration of South Asian culture, with music, food and outdoor arts filling Gunnersbury Park.

Go to Londonmela.org

The Day is Dark, By Yrsa Sigurdardottir

A cold case that's worth investigating

Album: Alphabet Saints, Raptureland (Cadiz)

Alphabet Saints are singer Robert Christie and multi-instrumentalist Hamilton Lee, and Raptureland channels the spirit of early Suicide, Eno-era Roxy, Lou Reed circa Berlin and Bowie circa Station To Station.

Fulham and Stoke learn Europa League fate

Stoke's first Europa League tie will see them face Croatian giants Hajduk Split in the third qualifying round.

Outrage, By Arnaldur Indridason, trans. Anna Yates

That rugged Icelandic glacier, Detective Erlendur, is away from Reykjavik and a disturbing case is handled by his female sidekick, Elinborg. The female perspective creates a different kind of novel from those built around Arnaldur Indridason's withdrawn and isolated loner. Here we have a detective worrying about her family while handling with sensitivity the victims of a serial rapist who drugged his victims with Rohypnol.

Music for Solaris: the mentoring process

The Australian experimental composer Ben Frost is in London to meet his mentor Brian Eno, ahead of their joint project at the Reykjavik Festival in Iceland this weekend.

There she blows: a new view of Iceland

Tourism shows green shoots of recovery, says Jackie Hunter, after the eruption that left the island looking like a Moonscape

Cannes Diary: How Jodie got her man

Jodie Foster said yesterday it was "natural" for her to ask Mel Gibson to star in The Beaver. She said: "I've been friends with Mel for over 15 years and we've had many, many long discussions about life and so it was a natural place to go."

An Icelandic sitcom? You must be joking

BBC4's imported crime dramas have been TV hits, but its new foreign comedy may not fare so well, says Gerard Gilbert
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