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Under £200... Capital Christmas shopping

Tune Hotels offers a budget pre-Christmas stay in the English and Scottish capitals, with double rooms for £50 at some London properties and £25 in Edinburgh. These rates apply on a few nights between now and Christmas, with availability good on 23, 24 and 25 December. tunehotels.com

Injury setback for Balotelli as he tries to quash talk of Milan

Manchester City may be without their £23m striker Mario Balotelli for up to 10 weeks – a month longer than first feared – after the knee operation in Italy which concluded with a bizarre flirtation with Milan, the side he supported as a boy.

Manchester City will benefit from fixture congestion says Milner

James Milner is convinced Manchester City are going to benefit from a packed autumn fixture list.

My Austria: A few of Ben Fogle’s favourite things...

With or without the sound of music in the air, the Austrian Alps provide the perfect setting for families to enjoy the outdoor life

Corruption, intrigue... and that's before the Wagner's even begun

A multimillion-euro fraud investigation and an attempted suicide have added to the drama at Salzburg's prestigious festival

Birmingham admit interest in Janko

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has admitted his interest in Salzburg's prolific goalscorer Marc Janko.

Eriksson has Backe in frame for Magpies post

Sven Goran Eriksson's former assistant Hans Backe will have talks with Notts County regarding the vacant managerial post at the League Two club. Eriksson, director of football at Meadow Lane, is leading the search for Ian McParland's successor after the Scot was sacked. Backe has won four Danish titles with FC Copenhagen and Aalborg.

A lift for skiers: Austria's ski resorts lure the British back to their patch of the Alps

Dramatic design hotels, extra flights and stand-alone spas...

Hildegard Behrens: Operatic soprano celebrated for her interpretations of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss

The German soprano Hildegard Behrens was a magnificent interpreter of the heroines of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. At the beginning of her career she sang several Mozart roles and such German classic staples as Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz, but as her voice grew stronger and her acting talents increased she seemed irresistibly drawn to characters such as Strauss's Salome and Elektra, Wagner's Isolde, Senta and Brünnhilde, all ladies who had very powerful feelings of one sort or another. Though she did not command the opulent tones of the usual Wagnerian soprano, she had such a keenly focussed voice that she could penetrate the loudest orchestral or choral passage, while the dramatic tension of her performances was almost tangible.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Auersperg, Salzburg, Austria

With over six million visitors every year (over 250,000 of whom come to the acclaimed festival, which got under way last weekend and runs until the end of August), Salzburg has no shortage of hotels, but it can be hard to find a decent place to stay. If you fancy somewhere more personal than the Sheraton (but just as comfy), the Hotel Auersperg is the ideal hideaway.

New Mozart works discovered

The International Mozarteum Foundation says it has discovered two new works composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Travel Challenge: A summer mountain-walking holiday in Europe

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a summer walking holiday in the mountains of Europe. Prices are for two people, departing for seven nights on 4 July.

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48 Hours In: Salzburg

It will always belong to Mozart and the Von Trapps, but now this lovely Alpine city, with its cobbles, carillons and bierkellers, is alive to the sound of new music, too.
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