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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

Trail of the Unexpected: Alesund, the Nouveau city that rose from the ashes

Fire devastated Alesund; now it is a Norwegian architectural icon, says Siobhan Mulholland

DVD: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (PG) Albert Lewin

Albert Lewin's 1951 film reworks the Flying Dutchman legend, transporting us to a 1930s Spanish seaside town where Pandora, played by a radiant Ava Gardner, falls for a mysterious man who sails into the harbour.

Boy stable after seaside town attack

A 15-year-old boy who suffered head injuries after being attacked in a seaside town is now in a stable condition, police said.

Cold to the Touch, By Frances Fyfield

This is crime fiction with a difference. You could read the first half without even identifying it as a crime novel, until the body unexpectedly, nerve-janglingly turns up. There's no police procedure, no hunting for clues, no interviewing of suspects, no being led up the garden path. It's much more about the impact of death on normal people.

Seaside tourism 'alive, well and growing'

British seaside tourism is still alive and well, according to a report from academics today.

Katy Holland: Pack the bucket and spade. It's time for a traditional seaside break

Are we there yet? The traditional bucket-and-spade holiday is fast becoming a relic

Tim Sturtridge: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Fairly painless drive down to Durban yesterday sandwiched between a Hooters waitress and a Delta Airlines stewardess on the backseat of a rented Hyundai.

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, By Evie Wyld

London-based Evie Wyld draws on an Australian childhood in a gutsy debut novel about three generations of vulnerable men. In a seaside shack, fenced off by sugar cane and blue gums, Frank has come to get over the end of a relationship.

Great works: Sand dune (1983), Francis Bacon

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel

Ged Bailes: Some fears cannot be overcome

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The Winter House, By Nicci Gerrard

A warm fug of domesticity envelopes Nicci Gerrard's highly readable novels of family life and romantic entanglement. If it's hard to distinguish one book from another, that's because her characters could so comfortably inhabit one another's middle-class kitchens. In this her fourth solo work – she also co-writes thrillers as Nicci French – Gerrard examines how the intimacies and friendships of youth continue to exert their stranglehold well into middle age.

Shadow Cabinet to brace seaside chill

Today may not be an obvious day to spend beside the seaside. But 10 members of David Cameron's Shadow Cabinet will brave the elements to campaign in Britain's coastal towns.

Kite surfers jump seaside pier

Two kite surfers used strong winds for an amazing and hazardous stunt today - jumping over Worthing pier.

Michael Glover: Parr is no good as an artist

Is Martin Parr's work a documentation of how we live now – or of how we lived then? It is both one and the other.

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