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Asking prices slashed to tempt home buyers from Olympics

Sellers putting their homes on the market slashed asking prices in August in a bid to tempt would-be buyers away from the Olympics, according to the property webside Rightmove.

Brandt Snedeker acknowledges the crowd at Royal Lytham

Snedeker: They've never heard of me in America either!

Laidback leader hails from Elvis country – but will he get caught in a trap over the weekend?

A deadly 16ft great white shark leaps from the water off Australia

Deadly attacks spur call to fish great whites

Western Australia called on the federal government yesterday to lift a ban on the fishing of great white sharks following an unprecedented fifth death in its waters within less than a year.

Video: Surfing goats ride waves in Southern California

Two goats named Goatee and Pismo are wowing California beachgoers with their surfing skills.

Drones put to work saving swimmers' lives

The men and women charged with protecting swimmers from dangerous tides and sharks at Australian beaches have recruited an unlikely new ally – unmanned drones.

Original feature: Every room at The Bell in Ticehurst, has a silver birch tree trunk in it

Summer 2012: Close to home

The best of British is on offer on a Champagne, Bucket & Spade Break at Hawke's Point (01726 884072; hawkes-point.co.uk) in St Ives, Cornwall.

Land's Edge: a coastal memoir, By Tim Winton

A novelist captures all the glamour, and terror, of the sea

Peterson on a poster for the documentary 'Searching for Michael Peterson'

Michael Peterson: Surfer whose glittering career was ended by his troubled life

Known as "MP" among the surfing fraternity, Michael Peterson dominated Australian surfing in the early 1970s. But although he was regarded as the best in the world by his peers, his domination never spread beyond his native country. With his aviator sunglasses, leather jacket and brooding aura, Peterson was nothing short of intimidating. Resented by some but adored by the majority, he was supremely talented, but his career hit the buffers before it had had chance to blossom.

Pick a spot: Tiree’s pristine beaches

Around the Hebrides on the crest of a wave

Jonathan Bennett braves a surfer's chilly paradise

Traveller's guide: Active family holidays

The landscape for active family holidays is a truly adventurous and wild place, a far cry from the fly-and-flop options that once characterised the average family fortnight abroad. Exploring the countryside, learning a new skill, bonding over an exciting new activity: whatever your goal, today's family trips are all about engaging your tribe.

St Vincent, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

“I spent the summer on my back...” What an opening line. But it somehow sets the tone: Annie Clark – aka St Vincent – may be the most sexual guitar player I've ever seen, male or female.

Travel Agenda: Coming up in California

Tomorrow: Check into The Saguaro hotel in ritzy Palm Springs. The former Holiday Inn property, pictured, has been given a sleek renovation by Californian-based hotel group Joie de Vivre. It now features a pool, tequila bar and tapas restaurant, with a vivid colour palette that contrasts with the stark landscape of the Coachella Valley (thesaguaro.com).

Sea here: Leonard Knight's Holy Land, Salvation Mountain

To be beside the seaside: Simon Calder visits Salton Sea

The super-salty Salton Sea is one of California’s quirkiest secrets. Simon Calder visits ‘Slab City’, then climbs Salvation Mountain.

The bright and inviting Natural Retreats complex by Fistral Beach

Stay The Night: Natural Retreats, Fistral Beach

The town may be overrun by mankini-clad Borats, but this coast still offers scenic solitude and rolling surf, says Emily Dugan

Geoff Toovey in action for Manly Sea Eagles in his playing days

Geoff Toovey: Little gem with huge incentive to become king of the world

A pocket rocket of a player, he is now eyeing glory as a coach. He talks to Dave Hadfield

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