The week in books
On the top of a hill, far, far into north London, sits Alexandra Palace. Built as a temple to public education and entertainment, it became the first BBC Television headquarters. It's the perfect venue for Björk’s last live performance of Biophilia, the 2011 album at the centre of a ground-breaking multimedia concept of apps, installations and live performances.
The website: Historic Britain allows you to book B&Bs, hotels and holiday lets with notable character. Properties range from a 15th-century manor house B&B to an 18th-century Cotswold farmhouse (historicbritain.com).
Pontefract aims to celebrate its most famous export, and lure liquorice-loving tourists to come and part with their pennies
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.
The man who pays his way
With new flights, longer days and a busy cultural calendar, the Icelandic capital is an appealing prospect, says Nick Boulos.
The England Under-21s manager, Stuart Pearce, feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can only get "better and better", both for club and country.
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.
Stoke's first Europa League tie will see them face Croatian giants Hajduk Split in the third qualifying round.
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.
Tourism shows green shoots of recovery, says Jackie Hunter, after the eruption that left the island looking like a Moonscape
When the blood doesn't run cold
In the early Seventies, the photographer Brian Griffin began his career taking shots of businessmen for Management Today magazine. His approach, as you may deduce from the images here, was rather unconventional.
Economic woes inspired tourism chiefs to look at new ways to attract visitors. Rhiannon Batten took the plunge
What I Learnt This Week