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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

24-Hour Room Service: Windjammer Landing, St Lucia, West Indies

The perfect place to fall in love with the Caribbean

My Secret Life: India Hicks, interior designer, 42

The house/flat I grew up in ... was a 1704 Georgian mansion with a stone pediment in Oxfordshire. My parents were ... surprisingly different for sharing the same star sign. My father led a theatrical life making bold statements and my mother was beautifully quiet and serious. But they shared a keen sense of humour.

Tips and deals of the week: 14/02/2010

Tips

The app

The AA has launched a new "Best of Britain" iPhone app, full of recommendations for travellers on the move around the UK.

Price £4.99, from iTunes.

Walcott finally wins his poetry professorship

Nobel laureate chosen by Essex University after smear campaign cost him Oxford job

I'm no Alex Haley, but this feels just like home

Was it a holiday or was it the return of a prodigal son? Peter Victor was in two minds about a trip to his parents' birthplace

Policeman murdered fiancee just before wedding

A policeman who killed his police constable fiancee and then staged a car crash to make her death appear an accident was jailed for a minimum of 18 years today after he admitted her murder.

Dollar boost for British travellers

British travellers are being boosted by the strengthening pound which is making dollar destinations much more attractive, it was revealed today.

Police arrest Night Stalker suspect

19-year hunt is 'biggest case in history of the Metropolitan Police'

2,000 DNA tests in hunt for 'night stalker'

Detectives hunting Britain's most wanted serial rapist-burglar have obtained more than 2,000 DNA samples from suspects, it emerged today.

Album: Various artists, Tumbélé! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds From The French Caribbean 1963-74 (Soundway Records)

Essentially a bunch of sprightly tunes from Caribbean islands such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica and St Lucia which mix various Cuban and Congolese styles with New Orleans jazz and a hint of Parisian high-society pizzazz.

Travel by numbers: Puerto Rico

From lush rainforest to Caribbean rum, John Sannaee counts the ways to enjoy an island that's back on the travel map

Observations: A-listers cover a hot topic with another charity record

From the shrinking sheep populations of the Scottish archipelago of St Kilda to the diminishing ice sheets of Greenland, the effects of climate change are ever present. And now here's another charity record – Rhythms del Mundo: Classics, released on Monday. It hopes to raise awareness of the threat to our planet, and like a lot of charity records, has attracted a fine pedigree of A-list contributors: the Killers, the Kooks and Editors all step up, combining forces with Cuban collective Rhythms del Mundo to perform Dad-rock classics like "Imagine" (performed by Jack Johnson) and "Satisfaction" (Cat Power) with a twist.

Parents in despair at Winehouse's 'denial'

The parents of Amy Winehouse have spoken of their desperation as their daughter struggles with drug addiction, saying she is "in denial" about her problems.

Dom Joly: I'm going to spend more time with my family, hem hem

It is with sadness that I have to announce to you, my loyal readers, that I shall not be standing again as an MP at the next election. I know this will come as a shock to a lot of you. Some of you might not even know that I have been an MP for the past 15 years.

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