Travel St Lawrence beach in Barbados

Take your partner, family, golf clubs… or a good pair of walking boos

Pipe aiming three at Grand National

David Pipe could have up to three runners in this year's Grand National as he attempts to follow up last year's success with Comply Or Die. The current title holder will aim to shrug off his two disappointing runs of this season and become the first since Red Rum in 1974 to win consecutive renewals at Aintree. He could yet be joined by stablemates Puntal and Madison Du Berlais.

Charles Campion: Courgette set

Every gardener will tell you that there is nothing quite so intimidating and unstoppable as that flush of courgettes that arrives like a tidal wave, usually during the fortnight when you are away on holiday. For the home cook, courgettes are an interesting ingredient in that they present different opportunities, depending on which stage you pick them. The first stage in the life cycle is very small courgettes – pencil thin and satisfyingly crunchy, what they lack in flavour is made up in texture and steamed whole they make a good counterpoint to grilled and poached fish.

Get back: letter from Lennon to critic of Beatles sells for £12,000

A letter from John Lennon denying that the Beatles "ripped off" black music fetched £12,000 at auction yesterday.

Bacardi and choke: US ruling challenged in feud over rival rum from Cuba

Adrian Gatton reports on the latest twist in the decade-long fight for the rights to the Havana Club label

Are you lost for words?

'If we had a name for it - if we were able to say "Don't hang that coat up like that or it will get a whatever-it-is" - then people wouldn't do it'

Grand tours: Beauty in the shadow of destruction

Writers' adventures in literature: Lafcadio Hearn is captivated by the port of St Pierre in Martinique, awaiting a terrible fate

Paul Gayller's: Coffee Risotto

Serves 4

Travel: I lost my virginity in... Tierra del Fuego

Wanker bankers and designer clothes do not happiness bring - that had become my drunken mantra at the tender age of 23 after a year of debauched, yet strangely chaste, London life and sexual encounters of the unsatisfactory kind with a series of commitment-phobic city slickers.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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