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Christena Appleyard takes a green ANZ flight to join Redford and Jagger – well, almost – at two of The Dorchester Collection's hotels, in Los Angeles

British GT ready to Rockingham as title hots up

With three different winners in the first four races, and just a single point separating the top eight drivers, this season's Avon Tyres British GT Championship is shaping up to be one of the closest fought in years. Saturday and Sunday sees the series take to the superfast Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire for rounds five and six.

24-Hour Room Service: Lucknam Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Lucknam Park stands majestically at the end of an improbably long avenue of lime and beech trees. During the Second World War they were deployed as camouflage for parked Spitfires, although Lucknam's history goes back much further than that. It is a grand Palladian house – too homely to be called a mansion – that somehow looks as though there was a coherent grand design, but there wasn't.

British GT needle match set for Rockingham

With three different winners in the first four races and a single point separating the top eight drivers, this season's Avon Tyres British GT Championship is shaping up to be one of the closest fought in years. Next weekend (30/31 May) sees the series swing into the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire for rounds five and six.

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British GT youngsters head to Spa with high hopes

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship gets a classical continental make-over this weekend, when the super sports cars visit one of the most famous circuits in world motorsport; the stunning Spa Franchorchamps in the Ardennes, Belgium.

Put a smile on your face. Visit this American town

Ojai, just outside Los Angeles, is California's own 'Shangri-La'. Soon British holidaymakers will be seeking out its rejuvenating powers, writes Sarah Barrell

Travel challenge: An Irish spa break

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a spa break in Ireland, for departures in June. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a room.

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Susannah Frankel: Oxygen facials are said to plump up the skin of both Kate Moss and Madonna

Draw favours Murray with injury-prone Pavel first up

Andy Murray's odds on winning the Australian Open have been falling ever since the start of the year and the 21-year-old Scot is likely to be an even shorter price after the draw was made here early today.

Five Irish spa retreats

All wound up by the festive season? Soothe your cares away in these rural sanctuaries.

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