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Judging by the national mood, I would urge David Cameron to go to the polls now; the mood is good out there

The 10 Best beach gear

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Weekend work: Time to trim hornbeam hedges

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Book review: The Misunderstanding, By Irène Némirovsky

Wisdom of obsessive love, found in precocious youth

British and Irish Lions Tour 2013: Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero making good progress in bid to be fir for third Test against Australia

The British and Irish Lions are hopeful that Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero will be passed fit for Saturday's series decider against Australia at ANZ Stadium.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

Poor children are being let down by schools, warns Ofsted

The TeachFirst initiative is narrowing the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils

Man and teen drown in disused quarry in Northern Ireland

A man has drowned in a vain bid to rescue a teenage boy in a disused quarry in Northern Ireland.

Coastal chic: an updated bedroom

Super stylish seaside revival

The Grand, Brighton

Porn in the UK: Steve Coogan and Tamsin Egerton in Michael Winterbottom’s affectionate but evasive ‘The Look of Love’

Film review: The Look of Love (18)

Michael Winterbottom's biopic of Soho porn and property baron Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) is a Janus-faced affair. On the one hand, it's a bit of a romp.

Bright and beautiful: Prettily painted homes in the East End Historic District of Galveston

Houston, we have an escape: discover the pleasures of the Texan Riviera

Follow the lyrics of a great songwriter to discover fine beaches and rich heritage. Simon Calder is a fellow down Galveston way

For the past eight years David Hockney's presence in the Yorkshire seaside town has brought a much needed waft of glamour and international attention to the resort

Could shock death of David Hockney's friend and studio assistant Dominic Elliott
cause Bridlington's most famous resident
to end domestic exile in Yorkshire?

Tragedy has brought unwanted media attention to the remote doorstep of the Pop Art pioneer

Ian Holloway has guided Crystal Palace to second in the Championship

Appleton out to upset Holloway's applecart

Michael Appleton, the Blackpool manager, wants to get the better of his predecessor at the club, Ian Holloway, in today's trip to Crystal Palace in the Championship.

Gold Digger, By Frances Fyfield

What is a crime writer to do when they start to chafe at the restraints of the genre? How to re-energise the overfamiliar elements – such as the careful concealment of the murderer’s identity?

Children from ethic minority groups 'more likely to be marked down by their teachers'

Children from ethic minority groups are more likely to be marked down by their teachers in tests and exams, Education Secretary Michael Gove will say today.

1. Snakeskin print candlesticks, £210 for pair, Eliska

Hide and seek: Leather goods well worth searching out

1. Snakeskin print candlesticks

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