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Video: Candide Thovex's five-minute video is simply unbelievable

Travel agenda

From Barcelona, Brazil and Bilbo to William III's palace and Aldi ski gear

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, ski jumper

Page 3 Profile: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, ski jumper

And the award for the biggest loser in sport goes to…

It can be tough going financially for Winter Olympians like Ed Drake

Kevin Garside: Ed Drake works on a building site and pays to transport his own skis. It’s no way to maximise your Winter Olympic medal chances

'I might have to walk on the plane in my ski boots. I’ve seen guys do it'

The attraction
Harrods has opened the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – a fairytale castle, complete with characters and dressing-up. Turn into a Disney prince or princess for the day from £100 (harrods.com/disney).

Travel agenda

From new non-stop flights and 'Place Pins' to photo workshops and air bridges

Dummy test sends a warning to skiers

Crash-test dummies have taken a beating in a series of simulated collisions with a tree – all paid for by Direct Line.

Madonna di Campiglio’s Spinale Direttissima is one of Europe’s toughest descents

Steep thrills: Italy's recession-hit resorts put faith in hair-raising black pistes

Testing a skier’s limit is at the heart of plans to reverse a drop in holidaymakers

In Bruges: indulge at the De Tuilerieen hotel

Deals of the week

Under £200... Celebrate New Year's Eve in style

BA has a range of deals on two-night breaks over New Year's Eve, departing from Heathrow. On 31 December, there's a stay at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin for £194pp. Or, hop across to Brussels, where a stay at the Floris Avenue Hotel on 30 December is £197pp. ba.com

Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Zoe Gillings is a hopeful jump ahead

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

Splendid isolation: Powder Mountain, Utah

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Skiing in Utah

Spot-on piece. I was in Salt Lake City last year (my family live in the US). I stayed in Ogden on the way to Idaho on a trip with my mother. I was going to go skiing at well-advertised Snowbasin. The motel staff really insisted "Powder Mountain" – how right they were. Amazing, friendly, loads of intermediate skiing (countless for advanced and expert too), and even green runs through trees.

Alan Moroney

Who is the biggest celebrity fan of the selfie?

We’ve all got a friend who is a bit too fond of taking selfies as a part of their daily routine. But some celebrities are no better. As 'selfie' beat 'twerk' to be named word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, here are some of the worst selfie offenders:

Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital following her original injury

American skier Lindsey Vonn re-injures knee in training crash

The Olympic gold medallist is romantically involved with Tiger Woods

Rocky road: the resort of Banff

Deals of the week

Under £200... Cheap seats to Europe

Eurostar's usual lowest fare of £69 return to Paris, Lille, Brussels or Disneyland Paris falls to £54 for the first few weeks of 2014, for travel in a group of two, three or four. Sales open tomorrow and run until 2 December. Prices are for travel between 6 January and 12 February. eurostar.com

Host with the most: Ski resorts in the US are renowned for their hospitality

Stephen Wood: Expect a warmer welcome on the mountainsides

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions