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Poignant letter is filled with words of encouragement for her 22-year-old self

Great getaways: Little Red sale; BA sale; 'Musical road trips; Scilly offer

Empty legs: Virgin Atlantic’s domestic airline, Little Red, is filling seats from Heathrow to Scotland with a short-term seat sale. Just in time for the Fringe, there are returns to Edinburgh for £97 – the lowest BA fare is £111. To Aberdeen, Virgin’s fare is £99 (£150 on BA). Book by 9 July for travel between 15 July and 1 September (virgin-atlantic.com).

A large explosion and fire tore through a chemical plant in the US state of Louisiana today reportedly leaving at least 30 injured

Blast at Louisiana chemical plant leaves 'at least 30' injured

A large ball of flame and thick column of smoke could be seen coming from the plant

Taylor Swift performing on stage with Ed Sheeran at the Capital FM Summertime Ball

Ed Sheeran joins star exodus to country capital Nashville, Tennessee (where Taylor Swift lives)

The neon-lit guitars and honky tonks of Music City have already lured Nicole Kidman and Jack White. Now Ed Sheeran has swopped Suffolk for a Ford pick-up and ten-gallon hat after becoming the latest star to move to Nashville.

Nun faces jail for damaging Tennessee nuclear plant

A nun and two other peace activists have been found guilty of damaging a store for bomb-grade uranium.

Man faces British court over 'Facebook threats to kill 200 in US'

A British man who allegedly posted on Facebook threats to kill 200 people in America appeared before a crown court judge today.

Man charged over ricin letters sent to Obama and others

A man has been charged with threatening President Barack Obama and others after he was arrested yesterday accused of sending letters to the President and a senator that tested positive for deadly ricin and set the US capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.

US boy, 6, dies after being shot in the head by his four-year-old neighbour with .22-calibre rifle

A six-year-old boy in the US has died after he was accidentally shot in the head by his four-year-old friend.

Bubba Watson breaks down in tears during yesterday’s press conference

The Masters 2013 draw: A boohoo, but no whooping, from reigning champion Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson cried when he won his Green Jacket last year. He cried again yesterday

Bath Literature Festival: Master storytellers - why some politicians can make us believe

Boris Johnson was the perfect example of a modern politician because he “excelled at telling a leadership story” even if he didn’t do much in the way of actual leadership, Gavin Esler has told the Bath Literature Festival.

McMillian had been advised not to continue campaigning

Family of slain gay candidate say it was hate crime

Marco McMillian was campaigning to be first openly homosexual Mississippi mayor

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Playful as ever, Richard Thompson has described his latest project as a “weedy power trio” that plays “folk-funk”. Fact is, tonight offers precious little folk, not much funk and his current, highly economical line-up sounds anything but puny.

Chow down: ham chowder at Nashville’s Capitol Grille

Food Miles: Authenticity is the name, and quality is the game

There's never been a better time than now to be a gourmet traveller. The globalisation of food trends and culture may have led to a certain homogenisation at the very top end of the market, but it also means that chefs and restaurateurs are keener than ever to rediscover what's local and authentic. Foodie destinations are more accessible and Michelin-starred chefs continue to expand their empires into new and sometimes unexpected locations, helping to increase the quality of dining out around the world.

Man remanded over Facebook comment which kept 3,000 American kids away from school

Comment suggested something violent might happen at high school

British man charged over Facebook threat to kill 200 people in America

A 24-year-old man has been charged with threatening to kill after allegedly posting on Facebook he would kill 200 people in America.

Bleeding ulcer causes Morrissey to postpone six shows of American tour

British rock singer Morrissey is postponing six performances on his US tour due to a bleeding ulcer, his spokeswoman said on Sunday.

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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
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?