Travel Amazing place: the Colosseum in Rome

'I'm the sort of person who would rather wear one T-shirt for the whole holiday'

Tips and deals of the week: 04/07/2010

Save 25 per cent in Sardinia

Get seven nights' half board at the four-star Hotel Flamingo in southern Sardinia from £741 per person, including return BA flights.

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British Olympic squad pick up five medals at Dutch regatta

The British Olympic squad picked up another five medals, this time at the Dutch regatta in Medemblik which forms part of the world series and is one of the top four in Europe.

AC Milan interested in Allegri

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club have entered negotiations with Cagliari to recruit coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Emirates burst Team Origin's bubble

A short-lived bubble of euphoria for Britain’s Team Origin was emphatically burst by defending champions Emirates Team New Zealand in the 38-mile coastal race of the Audi MedCup in the bay off Cascais today.

Corsica: The 'Isle of Beauty' certainly lives up to its name

Harriet O'Brien discovers wild French beauty in the Mediterranean

Light and tricky airs trip up Ainslie

Light and tricky airs tripped up Britain’s Ben Ainslie in the final of the opening grand prix of the world match racing tour in Marseille.

Zola grows defiant as he vows to keep West Ham up

The West Ham United manager, Gianfranco Zola, yesterday denied claims he is ready to resign before Sunday's trip to Everton. Zola flew to Sardinia at the weekend to fulfil a pre-arranged commitment and will return from the three-day break this evening.

Operation Mincemeat, By Ben Macintyre

Espionage attracts strange minds, and nowhere more so than in the macabre Operation Mincemeat, when a corpse bearing secret documents designed to mislead the Germans was floated ashore to the Spanish coast in April 1943. The plant convinced Nazi espionage chiefs, and Hitler himself, into believing that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, instead of the obvious target of Sicily.

West Ham's Italian suitor faces scrutiny

Fit and proper person test could pose threat to Cagliari president's bid to buy club

My Life In Travel: Johnny Vaughan

'I have always been fascinated by Greek history'

Prostitute tells all about Berlusconi on live TV

Call-girl says Premier knew she had been paid for attending parties in Rome and Sardinia

Britain to contest every class in Skandia regatta

Britain will contest every class in the medal showdown tomorrow of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, the only country to be represented in all 10 Olympic sailing disciplines.

Italian linked to Berlusconi 'scandal' arrested

The businessman who is said to have supplied call girls for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's notorious parties in Rome and Sardinia has been arrested on drugs charges.

Berlusconi tries to censor film about his influence on Italian media

Silvio Berlusconi is accustomed to allegations about his predilections being excitedly received abroad. France's Nouvel Observateur recently published a story titled "Sex, Power and Lies" and the Spanish newspaper El Pais showed photographs of naked guests at the Italian Prime Minister's retreat in Sardinia. (He announced his intention to sue both for libel.)

A great escape: Alex James takes his family to Sardinia

Touring with a pop band has its unruly moments, but the chaos of travelling with four young children is in another league altogether. Happily, that's where the Forte Village in Sardinia comes in
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform