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Now... Depart any day this month for a walking holiday of the Cinque Terre – an idyllic string of five fishing villages on Italy's Ligurian coast. The self-guided trip with UTracks costs £490pp, with six nights' accommodation and train tickets. utracks.com

That old black magic

In St Lucia, people speak as freely about goblins as they do politics. The pantheon of Caribbean demons and demi-gods rivals even Hindu mythology

Nobel laureate accused of sexual harassment

Derek Walcott, the West Indian poet and Nobel prizewinner, is being sued in the United States for more than half a million dollars for sexual harassment.

Two sentenced to hang for yacht killings

BOB GRAHAM

Dominica doesn't give a banana about exile's fate

PHIL DAVISON

Geest sells banana business for pounds 147m

Fruit deal: Food group's shares soar as takeover speculation mounts 8 Chief executive leaves with pay-off thought to be pounds 420,000

P&O faces writ over debut cruise

MORE THAN 400 angry passengers are set to issue a writ against Lord Sterling's P&O for compensation over the pounds 200m cruise flagship Oriana's maiden transatlantic voyage, which became a "hurricane nightmare".

Wales in an amateur world of their own

Owen Slot reports on the poor relations left in the cold as the riches pour in

King Creole

RESTAURANT A soul star on the horizon

Net losses before the gains

Steve Bunce reports on a curious lack of support for a world event

TODAY'S NUMBER 285

TODAY'S

Just call him Al - and call me Derek

Derek Walcott, the Nobel Prize-winning writer of the epic poem Omeros, is now working on a Broadway musical with Paul Simon. Phil Johnson encountered him at a shopping mall in St Lucia

CRICKET: Australia look for Warne to strike back

Australia start the battle for Test supremacy against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval today with the odds heavily stacked against them.

FA charges besieged Graham with misconduct

FOOTBALL

Pencil-in a spot of snorkelling: Peter Guttridge joined hassled high-fliers for a schedule of stress-relief and pampering on St Lucia

So far this week I have been pummelled, pounded, salted and loofahed, submerged in algae, coated in seaweed, rolled in polythene and wrapped in an electric blanket to marinate for 20 minutes. Twice now, a woman apparently trained in riot control has pinned me to the wall with a column of water from a high-pressure hose. Who said sybarites have it easy?
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