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Where's the best place to take my family for a beach break in early

Q. I'm currently perusing holidays suitable for a family of five in mid-September: two adults, twins aged two and an eight-month-old baby. We are looking to travel independently to somewhere quiet and picturesque. A nice little beach is most important to us with safe accommodation close by. We went to Scarborough and loved it, but there is no guarantee we will get good weather. We want a flight no more than two hours with a short transfer. Name withheld, Sheffield

Battle lines drawn in Yorkshire over vast venues

It is the pride and joy of Leeds, a £60m “bling bowl” described as the best new concert venue in the world. But when Bruce Springsteen opens the Leeds Arena on Wednesday night, the Boss will ignite a bitter battle for musical supremacy between Yorkshire’s foremost cities.

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Music review: Jarvis Cocker, The Big Melt, The Crucible Theatre,

When Jarvis Cocker last stood on stage in Sheffield it was with Pulp - for supposedly the last time in the UK - in December, thrusting confetti cannons into the crowd, exiting to "White Christmas" as the commodious building exploded with snowflakes in their sparkly thousands.