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Shorter cruises are all the rage, says leading cruise line P&O (0843 374 0111; pocruises.co.uk), which is adding nine new two- to five-night sailings to the Channel Islands, Belgium and the Netherlands, all departing from Southampton. A two-night cruise on Azura to St Peter Port, Guernsey, costs from £199pp, including meals and entertainment. Departs 16 April.

Britons hurt as Kos ferry crashes into jetty

A Turkish-flagged catamaran carrying 213 passengers crashed into a jetty today on the eastern Aegean island of Kos, and 25 people were injured, most of them British tourists, authorities said.

Album: Bach/Buson/Beethoven, Now Would all Freudians...(Signum)

The title of James Rhodes' second piano recital comes from Glenn Gould – a "total nut-job" in Rhodes' words and patron saint of this idiosyncratic, honest, sometimes startling performance.

Album: Lou Rhodes, One Good Thing (Motion Audio)

As the vocalist in Nineties trip-hop duo Lamb, Rhodes proved herself a grand mistress of melancholia, and though she's since headed folk-wards in her solo guise, her mood remains unlifted.

Little Hands Clapping, By Dan Rhodes

Early in Dan Rhodes' fourth novel, a drunk meanders down a darkening street, singing about a soldier and his sweetheart. It begins with the soldier asking whether Frieda will love him if he only had one eye, to which Frieda says yes; and ends with him asking if she'll still love him if there's nothing left of him to love, to which she also assents. In the twisted world of Dan Rhodes, it is described as "a simple song of true love" – a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates his macabre and oddly touching attitude towards love, death and obsession.

Try some vintage Greek island-hopping - jump aboard the first ferry out

Tash Shifrin goes on a voyage of discovery around the Greek Cyclades

Hopping mad: Hiking and sailing is the perfect way to explore Greece's Dodecanese islands

The inhabitants of Greece's Dodecanese islands are a welcoming bunch. But there is one group of visitors that they seem unable to figure out: hikers.

Soldier Boy, By Danny Rhodes

Author of the touching and memorable Asboville, Danny Rhodes returns with a soldier's tale that delivers a late, and startling, ricochet. Short on hope and love alike, young Glaswegian Scottie takes a well-trodden local path and enlists.

Album: Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos – Sinopoli, (Brilliant)

Rereleased minus the libretto and translation, Giuseppe Sinopoli's nine-year-old recording with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden remains one of the most luxurious Ariadnes available.

Paperbacks

Outsider Art by Colin Rhodes | Voltaire's Coconuts by Ian Buruma | Sergio Leone by Christopher Frayling | The Museum Guard by Howard Norman | Underground by Tobias Hill

`PRIEST' ROBS RHODES BANK

`PRIEST' ROBS RHODES BANK

The Essay: under mykonos

A barren rock in the Med, where Giants are buried and Apollo is still worshipped.

Letter: A smack in time...

Sir: As long as society condones the emotional and intellectual illiteracy of people like Chris Rhodes (letter, 29 September), Paul Boateng and other adults who advocate the right of parents to strike their children, we'll have monsters like the Ezzos, and I thank Philip Hodson for bringing their nasty ways to a wider audience ("Smack addicts", 25 September).

Island hopping in steps

It's all action in Greece: Michael Williams sets out on foot, while, opposite, Louise Jury succumbs to the lure of the sea

Boxing: Rhodes claims Lonsdale Belt record

Ryan Rhodes made a slow start at the Rivermead Centre in Reading last night but he finally unleashed his power to stop Del Bryan, retain his British light-middleweight title and so capture a Lonsdale Belt in the record time.
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