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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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game