News Hop to it: The penguin parade has been of the daily highlights at Edinburgh Zoo since the first one happened by accident in 1951

They remain one of its most popular attractions

Cole Moreton: You can keep Ibiza. Nothing can compare with the British seaside

Summer half-term is once more upon us, and a perfect day at the beach beats Disneyland hands down – but do watch where you swim

Gus Poyet rules himself out of West Ham running

Brighton manager Gus Poyet has ruled himself out of the West Ham job as club co-owner David Sullivan vows to get the right man to resurrect the Upton Park club.

Off-stage affairs that heighten the drama

When an actor's role in a play mirrors a troubled private life, there is an added enjoyment for audiences, says Michael Coveney

Flying in for the summer

A gannet comes in to land at the RSPB's Bempton Cliffs on the East Yorkshire coast. About 20,000 gannets, which pair for life and can live for more than 20 years, are among the quarter of a million seabirds that return to nest each summer on the 100m high chalk cliffs at Bempton.

The Last Picture Show, By Larry McMurtry

Lights, camera - and gentle, comic action

Boyd Tonkin: Short cuts and grand designs

The week in books

Island of Wings, By Karin Altenberg

A desolate, affecting first flight

Video: Royal Wedding penguin born

A penguin born at London Zoo on Easter Sunday is to be named after Kate Middleton or Prince William, depending on its sex.

Chekhov in Hell, Soho Theatre, London

Chekhov died of tuberculosis in the German spa of Badenweiler in 1904, aged 44, uttering the famous last words, "I haven't drunk champagne for ages." His coffin arrived in St Petersburg in a railway wagon labelled, "fresh oysters".

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: the eco-fable graphic novel

Coleridge's 'Rime Of The Ancient Mariner' – the original eco-fable - has been reimagined as a chic graphic novel. Its aim? To save the oceans

Arctic coastlines recede by 'several metres' a year

Arctic coastlines are crumbling away and retreating at the rate of two metres or more a year due to the effects of climate change. In some locations, up to 30 metres of the shore has been vanishing every year.

Football in Brief: Peerless Brighton wrap up the title

Brighton secured the League One title with a 3-1 win at struggling Walsall on Saturday. The Seagulls had already clinched promotion to the Championship last week and got off to a fine start at the Banks's Stadium when Inigo Calderon put them ahead in the sixth minute with a header.

Ian Holloway: I told the lads 'go and have a few beers' – I threatened to fine them if they didn't

My final team talk will be off the cuff. I sense the mood, take it from there

Zamora on song as Holloway's men suffer bad day at Cottage

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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