Travel Amazing place: the Colosseum in Rome

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

Obituary: Sir Edward Abraham

EDWARD ABRAHAM, Emeritus Professor of Chemical Pathology at Oxford University, devoted his scientific career to the study of antibiotics. His outstanding achievement was the discovery of the Cephalosporin group of antibiotics.

Fury at ban on Down's skater

A DECISION to exclude a teenage boy from competitive figure skating because he suffers from Down's syndrome has provoked an outcry in Italy.

Personal finance: Treasure island can make my fortune

My favourite investment: tips each month from a City expert

Winter wobble sends snow to Algiers and gives Britain early taste of spring

THE HOLIDAY island of Majorca has been chilled by air from the frozen wastes of Finland in the past week as Europe's climate has turned upside down.

The great Sardinia pilchardus revival

IT IS eight inches long, weighs five ounces and spends most of its time swimming in canned tomato sauce. But the humble pilchard, Sardinia pilchardus, the staple food of Roman galley slaves and medieval armies, is being marketed as the saviour of the Cornish fishing industry.

A Family Affair: We row because we're so close

Claude Agius, 59, and his daughter Claudia, 28, are stars of `Paddington Green', the new docusoap on BBC 1, set in an area of west London. Recently Claudia joined her father to help him run the family scooter business and to try to bring it into the Nineties

Travel: Wild beasts and red-blooded passions

The craggy hills of Corsica are alive with vengeance, vendetta and rare animals. And it's perfect walking country

Sailing: Fein prefers to differ on design

By Stuart Alexander

FOOTBALL: ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT RECORD

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Creativity

Our request for things to do with a Panama hat, a tin of sardines and a packet of Polos has been met with some suspicion by AJ Brewer. "At first sight," he writes, "the Panama hat seems to be the odd one out. The sardines are wholesome, the Polos are holey - could it be that the Panama hat is in mint condition and therefore qualified to join the others to form this trinity?" On deeper reflection, however, he has decided that the polos are in fact Magic Circles to be used to pull rabbits out of the hat. The rabbits could then be bred, which, with the addition of an "a" from Panama (which has more than its fair share of them) would make bread to eat with the sardines.

The human condition: Suddenly one summer

The rape of her mother is a hazy memory for Tiffany Murray. But the events of that blazing night become more disturbing with the passing years

Food: Salt of the earth

Sometimes all you need is bottarga and fresh potatoes, says Annie Bell

Italy's pupils enjoy thrill of class war

Two weeks ago a hundred pupils barricaded themselves into a high school in Rome to protest against education reforms. A few days later police stormed the building. With angry pupils still plotting their next move it sounds like the beginning of a revolution, but, says in Italy's state school system it is simply par for the course.

Gold-mining giants face challenge from low-cost producers as price plunges

The continuing slump in world gold prices - which last week fell to a 12-year low - could put many established deep mines out of business, according to rival low- cost producers. Clifford German reports.
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Homeless Veterans campaign

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

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Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

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Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable