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Live-streams of meals can attract viewers of thousands night after night - with audiences donating enough money for the host to live on

New Chelsea signing Marco van Ginkel in action on the club's pre-season tour in Malaysia

Jose Mourinho continues winning start as Chelsea youngsters produce Malaysian magic

Bertand Traore, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses on target for the Blues as Mourinho backs-up his promise to give youth a chance

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Underpaid? There’s little sympathy for MPs. And they can pay for their own tea

Sir Ian Kennedy seemed stolidly unmoved by the prevailing view. He said it was a ‘very good deal’

Postcard from... Corsica

Elvis Costello plays his hits to a backdrop that’s half funfair, half supper-club

Simon Price on pop: Elvis Costello's army bares its soul once more

The old man of New Wave leaves his set list to luck these days, and the wheel of fate turns up some gems

Matthew Norman on Monday: Introducing Maggie - the consensual PM

Francis Maude gave a contender for the Most Balanced Thatcher eulogy this weekend. Plus, why Lady T was an (almost) total supporter of democracy

Don't claim Irish ancestry because it's St Patrick's Day, just enjoy it!

No one cares how Irish or how un-Irish you are; we can all still celebrate

Maiden century from Nick Compton keep England on course for draw with New Zealand in first Test

England 167 & 234-1 New Zealand 460-9 decl.

Shore thing: the Pembrokeshire coastline

Let your gothic imagination run wild in Pembrokeshire

Inspired by its brooding landscapes, crime writer Charlotte Williams chose the county as the setting for parts of her latest novel

The breakfast room at Côté Carmes

B&B and Beyond: Côté Carmes, Toulouse, France

A restored 16th-century house brings up-cycled style to the heart of south-west France, as Laura Holt discovers

Splendid isolation in Yorkshire: A creative writing course in the shadow of Sylvia Plath

Last June when I arrived at Lumb Bank, a forbidding granite farmhouse above Hebden Bridge, the house manager Becky didn't take my luggage, but she did take a weight off my shoulders: "There's no television, radio or internet connection here," she mentioned breezily as she showed me to a small, sparse bedroom. It struck me then that a holiday might be as simple as removing the white noise of everyday life for a while. And that, I thought guiltily, includes my two small children whom I had left with my wife. But guilt passes. And in my case, quickly.

Offally good: haggis served at Boisdale restaurant in London

You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy haggis

Try it this Burns Night – or at any other time

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly flanking 'Strictly' winners Flavia Cacace and Louis Smith

Louis strikes gold at last in 'Strictly' final

It was a marathon of glitz, glamour, and double entendres – but the dancing was brilliant

Tourists gather underneath the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Merida, southern Mexico

21/12/12: The date to party like it's the end of the world

But remember the bar bill just in case...

I've discovered how to lose weight: fast

The problem with this amazing diet that I'm on is that it doesn't have a name. It all started during the Olympics when I was in France.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried