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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

Verdi Falstaff, Royal Opera House

Where there’s Falstaff there’s food. And Robert Carsen’s new staging of Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece plays like an ode to gastronomical excess.

Joy ride: See Devon's coastline by boat

Great British Escapes: The coast

Explore the outer edges of our island heritage

Reprieve as dry weekend predicted

Flood-hit areas of Britain can expect a reprieve from recent heavy downpours after forecasters predicted a dry weekend for most of the country.

Album: Keane, Strangeland (Island)

Though doubtless a popular move with fans, Strangeland marks a sad reversion to Coldplay territory after Keane's tentative experimentation on recent releases.

Chalk Talk: You don't have to be angry to join the NUT, but it helps

Unions, it is sometimes said, are a broad church, made up of members with a vastly differing array of opinions.

Alan Grieve's eye for art is a gift to the nation

Alan Grieve: Is the future of the arts in his hands? A serial giver owns up

As a new contemporary art gallery opens on the beach at Hastings, Simon Tait asks the man behind The Jerwood Foundation about nepotism, saving theatres, and picking up the tab for British culture

A Death in the Family, By Karl Ove Knausgaard, trans. Don Bartlett

I first heard about Karl Ove Knausgaard's six torrential volumes of autobiographical fiction in the cosy book-lined cabin where Per Petterson writes, just next to his farmhouse in eastern Norway. The author of Out Stealing Horses – a much less prolix kind of writer – gestured to a line of matching spines and told me with admiration about the 3,000-page deluge of confessional writing that had set the country talking and arguing after the first episode appeared in 2009. As if Knausgaard's sustained assault on every conventional divide between the novel and memoir were not enough, he had called his epic sequence "My Struggle". In Norwegian, that's Min Kamp. You can see that Karl Ove does not exactly shun controversy.

The Prince's environmental values have been called into question

First Poundbury, now Port-au-Prince: the Prince with a craving for paving

Charles's ambitious housebuilding plans are not to everybody's tastes, Michael McCarthy discovers

Relatives of other victims console Shannan Gilbert’s mother Mary

A year after the first bodies were found, Long Island still fears its serial killer

Residents sceptical as police downplay link between new-found remains and murderer

Whitstable fastest growing beach resort

Whitstable and Eastbourne have headed a list of the UK's fastest growing seaside resort destinations, with massive investment and an expansion of high-end tourism cited as major factors in a reversal of fortunes for the UK's seaside destinations.

Detectives probe Sussex caravan fire deaths

Detectives are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who were killed in a caravan fire at a popular seaside holiday park.

Minor British Institutions: Wet summers

The British enjoy triumphing over difficulty so much that they go to great lengths to devise promising circumstances. This is never more evident than in their summer recreations.

Not the end of the pier show

From fires to neglect, British pleasure piers have had a tough few years. But will a boom in UK tourism help restore their past glory? Jack Watkins finds out

Man held after 16-hour armed siege

An armed siege in a seaside town has come to an end after police arrested a man on suspicion of making threats to kill.

The 10 best beach towels

Make waves at the pool or stand out at the seaside with a top towel this summer. Here’s our pick of the most fun, funky and fashionable around...

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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