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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

Three die in tunnel terror under Alps nightmare

ONLY THREE months after 42 people died in the Mont Blanc road tunnel fire, Austria has been rocked by an almost identical tragedy.

The 50 Best festivals; SUMMER'S HERE AND THE TIME IS RIGHT

This year's bumper crop of summer festivals offers a feast of fun for groovers and culture vultures of every persuasion. Fancy chilling out in the Nevada desert, catching carnival fever in Notting Hill, or dancing in a muddy field in the West Country? No problem! Sharon Gethings has cast her net far and wide, from Womad to Woodstock, to scoop up the best dates on the summer circuit - so pack your sleeping bag, and get ready to toe the party line ... Additional research by Charlie Hamilton

A good idea from ... Stendhal

UNHAPPY love affairs force even the most unreflective people to start thinking. It seems impossible not to write at least a few lines of poetry or a diary after one's heart has been broken. The French novelist Stendhal (1783-1842) observed that he would never have taken up his pen if, at 18, he had known happy love. Fortunately for us, Stendhal was unhappy in love throughout his life, and his most painful passion - for a beautiful, enigmatic Italian woman, Metilde Dembowski - drove him to produce his greatest book, De l'Amour, a mixture of anecdote, analysis and aphorisms, published in 1822.

Austria's heirs to Hitler

THE MAN who once praised Hitler's employment policies is tipped to regain the governorship of Carinthia, Austria's southernmost province.

Travel: 24-Hour Room Service: Goldener Hirsch Hotel, Salzburg

"LUXURY ISN'T about gold plating. We believe it's about feeling you have come home." This is the philosophy at the Goldener Hirsch, which at first sight is more like an old country house, transplanted into the middle of the city, than a deluxe hotel.

Travel skiing In Austria: Resort Report: Zell am See, Austria

ZELL "ON-THE-WATER" is a chocolate-box version of a lakeside village, as appealing under a thick covering of snow as it is in summer, when the flowers are out and the steamers chug back and forth across the lake. Traffic, which once raced through the centre, has been diverted through a tunnel, restoring some of the original medieval calm.

Arts: Fresh in from Frisco

Compared with its Angeleno neighbour, the San Francisco Symphony is an unknown quantity. But as London audiences will discover tonight, under Michael Tilson Thomas it's a world-class force

Obituary: Rolf Liebermann

THE COMPOSER Rolf Liebermann was one of the most influential figures of the post-war musical scene, especially of opera, along with such luminaries as Walter Legge, Herbert von Karajan and Sir Rudolf Bing, all of whom he outlived. It was as an opera administrator that he was best known, at the Hamburg Opera 1959-72, and as director of the Paris Opera from 1973 to 1980.

Travel Skiing Austria: New deals for the salopette classes

Planning a holilday in St Anton or Ischgl? Cathy Packe on the best offers this season

Thursday Book: Professor of the unpopular

AN INTELLIGENT PERSON'S GUIDE TO MODERN CULTURE

Serbia retreat is the latest in Cook's tour de farces

WHEN IT came, the climbdown was of breathtaking proportions. For days, beleaguered British officials had defended the UK's failure to implement a flight ban on Serbia because of legal niceties.

Serbs take Albanian men to unknown fate

IN AN echo of the "ethnic cleansing" of Bosnia in 1992, Serb forces in Kosovo have been seen separating groups of men from columns of ethnic Albanian refugees and taking them away to unknown destinations, US observers say.

Cook stays on holiday as foreign ministers meet

ROBIN COOK, the Foreign Secretary, has dismayed some of Britain's European allies by failing to attend a two-day gathering of foreign ministers that opens today. He is staying on holiday in France while foreign ministers in Salzburg discuss the role they should play within the EU.

Birmingham says goodbye to Rattle

A GLITTERING era in British classical music ends tomorrow night when Sir Simon Rattle conducts his last concert as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Over the top in all scales

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