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ScottishPower cuts prices by 3.3 per cent

Traveller's Guide: Japan's great outdoors

Head beyond the vibrant cityscapes to discover stunning shores, sacred mountains – even rural art, says Danielle Demetriou

Traveller's Guide: French Caribbean

With their distinctive Gallic flavour, the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St-Barts and St-Martin offer a unique take on the tropics, says Jane Anderson

Diary: Wahlberg's curtain call

Mark Wahlberg says he's never been much interested in treading the boards. "I've learned from Jeremy Piven," he says of his Entourage co-star, who was forced to abandon a Broadway run of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow in 2008, claiming excessive sushi consumption had given him mercury poisoning. Couldn't one just stay away from raw fish? "I played an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory in fifth grade, and it was a lot of work," Wahlberg admitted at the premiere of his new film comedy, The Other Guys. "But if I ever did a play again, it would be A Streetcar Named Desire." In fact, Stanley Kowalski's not a bad fit – ladies, you remember how Marky Mark looks in a vest, right? In the meantime, Wahlberg and pals are hoping to make an Entourage film after the HBO dramedy's eighth and final series. The actor's early years in Hollywood were the inspiration for the show, which he still co-produces. "The plan is to make a movie," he maintains, "and we're doing everything in our power to make it happen."

My Edinburgh, Doon MacKichan, actress

In 1984, I slept on the floor of the ladies toilet in venue 333 with my university theatre group. We were performing a kind of cross between Stanley Baxton and Ipsum and existing on deep-fried Curly Wurlys and pints of bitter. This year I'm in Heriot Row, very posh, eating sushi and doing a one-woman show. On every corner I meet ghosts of Edinburgh past. Heartbreak in the colonies, loneliness and despair in Dundas Street, love and exaltation in Macbeth Street. This year I'm here with my three children and have sat through seven early-morning children's shows. My 15-year old girl now wants to take up boxing after seeing Bryony Lavery's superb Beautiful Burnout. Result.

The Italian playground that's fighting for its soul

Forte dei Marmi's newest hotel looks like it belongs in Miami and its pricey villas are full of Russians. And yet this Tuscan resort is trying very hard to remain authentic, says Sarah Barrell

48 Hours In: Rio de Janeiro

Brazil's 'marvellous city' is as flamboyant, dramatic and seductive as ever – even in the South American winter.

Table, Jubilee Square, Brighton, East Sussex

On paper, Brighton's Table looks like the perfect modern restaurant. Everything about it screams "like me!" – from the location, attached to a hip designer hotel in an acclaimed new development just behind the Royal Pavilion, to the pedigree: it's operated by the admirable Company of Cooks, who run top-notch catering outlets in London's Royal Parks and at cultural institutions including the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Opera House.

Media lunch: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Newsreader, Channel 4 News

The venue: Roka. It has great Japanese food which feels light and it's just enticing enough to ensure a guest turns up.

We'll have Japanese for lunch, says Kuyt

Netherlands v Japan: Today, Durban, 12.30pm, ITV1

Travel Agenda: BMI's Business Class; Greek Beach on South Bank; Thompson Toronto

Today: Long-haul passengers in BMI's Business Class cabin are in for a treat with the launch of complimentary citrus-fragranced amenity kits by London perfumier Miller Harris ( flybmi.com ; millerharris.com ).

Bar Boulud 66, Knightsbridge, London, SW1

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Eastwood at 80

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Simon Calder: To the ends of the Earth!

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Save the world by eating sushi

With tuna and salmon stocks dwindling, an oily fish from southeast Asia offers a sustainable substitute. But does cobia pass the taste test? Rob Sharp finds out

Baumann’s Brasserie, 4-6 Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, Essex

For three sweaty hours, we'd been crawling north in bank holiday traffic. Another two hours, at least, lay ahead of us. We would have to break our journey to eat. Once, our only option would have been the nearest service-station cafe. But thankfully we live in the modern world. A quick search on the Blackberry, a phone call and a sat nav-guided escape route later, and we were happily installed in a dreamy little bistro, feasting on braised pork belly and pan-fried brill. Also, this being the modern world, charred antelope steak in goat's cheese sauce, but we'll come on to that later.

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