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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

Visit Barcelona

The mountains meet the Med in the fun and frenetic Catalan capital. This is a great city on its way to even better things

'We want to expose England's weakness'

Austria's temporary coach, Andreas Herzog, is set to keep faith with his promising young squad. Paul Newman reports

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Ljubomir Pantscheff

Stalwart of the Vienna State Opera

The Best Ski Resort For: Non-Skiers

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Skiing Resort Report: Zell am See

The most challenging slopes around Zell am See are on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, above Kaprun; Zell itself is better suited to intermediates than advanced skiers. Local links are by bus rather than ski slope, but a single lift pass can be used everywhere. The glacier is best early and late in the season, and this year snow-making facilities should guarantee quality snow-cover.

Four dead in German teenager's gun attack

A TEENAGER shot his sister dead, fired indiscriminately on passers- by and eventually killed himself yesterday as a family tragedy engulfed the Bavarian skiing paradise of Bad Reichenhall.

Music: Ascent of a woman (or why Bartoli's the new Pav)

Cecilia Bartoli Royal Albert Hall, London Les Boreades Royal Albert Hall, London Academies Musicales Saintes, France

Arts: In Robeson's footsteps

Willard White has sung some of the great roles on the world's grandest stages - and this year will appear at the Last Night of the Proms. So what is he doing at a school benefit concert in south London?

48 hours in Salzburg

Mozart's city is a city of chocolate, beer and coffee served with a mountain of cream. But music is the local delicacy.

Four die in Alps rafting accident

FOUR BRITISH holidaymakers died yesterday in a white-water rafting accident on a mountain river. Austrian police said the victims were among nine people flung into the Salzach, near Salzburg, when their raft went over a weir.

Four Britons die in Alps raft accident

FOUR BRITONS were killed yesterday in a white-water rafting accident on a swollen, fast-flowing mountain river in Austria. The victims - three men and a woman - were among eight British people flung into the Salzach river, near Salzburg, when their boat hit a whirlpool, capsized and was ripped apart in rapids.

Music: Verdi festival? Which Verdi festival would that be?

Un Giorno di Regno Royal Festival Hall, London Verdi: Requiem Royal Festival Hall, London Anner Bylsma Assembly Rooms, Bath Raphael Wallfisch Assembly Rooms, Bath
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