Travel Hungary appetite: Budapest appealed to Jenna Coleman

'I love the bars, thermal baths and laid-back feel of Budapest in summer'

Dundee United bring in Levein to revive club fortunes

The former Heart of Midlothian and Leicester City coach Craig Levein was appointed as the manager of the Scottish Premier League strugglers Dundee United yesterday.

International consortium beats Bechtel to land £100m-plus Olympic project

An international consortium was awarded a £100m-plus contract yesterday to ensure the smooth running of the Olympic construction project, the largest in Europe for several years.

Allergy: mystery of the sun

When in the sun, I get a prickly red rash. It appears anywhere exposed to the sun, but not my face. Even if I stay out of the sun, I still get a rash in hot countries. Sunscreen doesn't help. Is there a solution, short of holidaying in Iceland?

Cancer: Can I reduce my risk by changing my diet and sunbathing?

My father (79) had colon cancer two years ago. My wife's mother developed breast cancer at 58. Researchers have discovered that vitamin D has anti-cancer effects. Will regular sunbathing and/or a plant-based (vegan or semi-vegan) diet protect my wife and me from these diseases?

Why improving your home could put buyers off

Additions like bars and wet rooms could put buyers off rather than add value, says Stephen Pritchard

Butterfly species come back from the brink of extinction

Hope amid the gloom. Six of Britain's rapidly declining butterfly species have started to recover in numbers because of intensive conservation efforts.

London Zoo: Did we leave anyone in the tiger's den?

London Zoo is raising money with a new scheme allowing members of the public to care for wild beasts, as keepers for a day. But it's not easy to keep on the right side of a penguin or a big cat, finds Peter Conchie

If your suntan oil can change the sex of fish, what can do it to you?

The stuff is not only on our skin: it's in our tap water and lunches too

Tara Fitzgerald: My Life In Travel

'Exploring the South Island in a camper van was magical and liberating'

Brian Viner: Country Life

A point-less invention transforms injections

The needle-free Implaject could revolutionise syringes, and it's all thanks to Dr Charles Potter. Russell profiles a small business with a big challenge

Dutch unveil culture exam in immigration crackdown

WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS into the Netherlands are to face an exam testing detailed knowledge of everything from Dutch language and history to its laws on topless sunbathing before taking up residence there.
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor