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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

And This is True, By Emily Mackier

Nevis Gow, the 15-year-old narrator of this dark novel, has spent 11 years living in a van with his father Marshall, a frustrated writer. The squalid existence has left him damaged: in the absence of any other contact, Nevis developed an obsession with – and, later, an erotic fixation on – his dad.

Lord Glenconner: Owner of the island of Mustique whose friendship with Princess Margaret kept him in the public eye

Colin Tennant, the third Baron Glenconner, had a permanent place in the gossip columns for most of the second half of the 20th century, largely because of his intimate friendship with Princess Margaret; but also because of his Faustian compact with fame – or, perhaps, notoriety. Throughout the 1980s in particular it seemed as though Nigel Dempster had a hot line to Glenconner's bedside phone. Given to extravagant gestures – for his 60th birthday party in 1986, the likes of Jerry Hall, Raquel Welch and Princess Margaret flew to Mustique at his expense for a Peacock Ball – he was seldom out of the limelight. And yet for all these fitful wonders he was an essentially honest and charming man in whose company one was often reduced to helpless laughter.

Tips and deals of the week: 29/08/2010

Save £150 in Barbados

Take advantage of the British Airways sale and book an all-inclusive week at Almond Beach Village in Barbados from £799 per person.

Go to ba.com/sale

Drug smuggler jailed after 'rum' gift killed man

A drug smuggler was jailed for 20 years today for the manslaughter of a taxi driver who died after unwittingly drinking pure liquid cocaine from a rum bottle.

BP chief to step down in October

BP chief executive Tony Hayward is to step down on October 1, the firm said today.

Consumer rights: Our Caribbean dream trip is now a nightmare

A hotel booking in St Lucia that went wrong highlights the perils of organising your holiday independently rather than going through a tour operator

Taxi driver 'died after drinking rum laced with pure cocaine'

A taxi driver died after unwittingly drinking pure liquid cocaine from a rum bottle given to him as a gift, a court has heard.

Taxi driver died after drinking pure liquid cocaine

A taxi driver died after unwittingly drinking pure liquid cocaine from a rum bottle given to him as a gift, a court heard today.

Eyes front! Treat your neighbours to a crowd-stopping front garden

Emma Townshend has the perfect plan to catch the eye of passers-by – and nothing will stop them in their tracks quite like an array of plants from foreign climes

The Bargain Hunter: A catalogue of great deals

Great catalogue stores think alike – or so it would seem, as for the second time this year, seven of the biggest online retailers have launched a sale in the same week. AdditionsDirect.co.uk, Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, EmpireStores.co.uk, Marshallward.co.uk and Kays.com all have up to 60 per cent off items online, while Daxon.co.uk’s sale is up 50 per cent off.

England have the power, now they want the glory

Australia pull off great escape but Collingwood sees lucky omens ahead of today's World Twenty20 final

On the Front Foot: England make heavy weather of 'defective' Duckworth-Lewis

Let us hope otherwise but the prospects are that some of what's left of the World Twenty20 will be disfigured by the Duckworth-Lewis method. This is not the D-L's fault but the fact is that rain in St Lucia and Barbados at this time of year is not uncommon. In matches shortened by the weather, D-L decides what should happen and how. England have got themselves into a dreadful tizzy about it, feeling that they have twice been on the wrong end of it. The first time was in the World T20 last year in England when West Indies faced a reduced target and chased it, as they did on the second occasion in Guyana last Tuesday. England said nothing between last June and last week, made no official complaints or suggestions but remain convinced the system is defective. Yet when they thought they were badly done to by the Umpire Review System in Cape Town in January (they probably were after Graeme Smith survived a review despite looking for all the world as though he had edged a ball from Ryan Sidebottom) they immediately campaigned for a change in the procedure. According to England's coach, Andy Flower, the situations were different and all cricketing stakeholders would see D-L was defective in T20. What stakeholders could actually see was that England did not bowl well at the start of the West Indies innings, allowing them the flier that sealed victory. What is patently obvious is that any match in which one innings is only five overs long will probably produce distorted cricket. If that is what England mean they should say so. Otherwise they should get on with it.

Harris wins Australia call-up as injury rules Lee out of World T20

Ryan Harris has been called into Australia's World Twenty20 squad as a replacement for the injured Brett Lee. The 33-year-old Lee suffered an arm injury in Australia's surprise one-run defeat in Tuesday's warm-up match against Zimbabwe in St Lucia.

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