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I’m sat on my fat arse on the train to Edinburgh and getting emotional. I’m going to the Fringe, my spiritual second or third home. Dewy-eyed, I eat a ham-and-egg bloomer, neck mango-and-apple drink and watch England’s over-hyped scenery whistle by. I devour a vegetable crisp. The train slows down. Peterborough.

The Diary: Peter Zumthor; Marcus Foster; Pleasance theatre; Nick

Peter Zumthor's new Serpentine Pavilion is all well and good for sitting down and looking at flowers for an hour but bedding down for the night is likely to be frowned upon. No matter, from next year, fans of the renowned Swiss architect can enjoy a mini-break at his new holiday home, The Secular Retreat. The glass/ concrete bungalow, Zumthor's first permanent project in the UK, has just been granted planning permission and will nestle among a clump of trees on top of a hill, somewhere between Salcombe and Hallsands in South Devon. "It's very rural. He wanted it to be quite separate," I'm told. "It's got a monastic feel. Like the Pavilion, it looks quite stark from the exterior but inside is a cool haven." The latest in the Living Architecture series, Alain de Botton's brainchild allowing holiday-makers to rent one-off statement homes at an affordable price, Zumthor's design will join MVRDV's silver-tiled Balancing Barn in Aldeburgh and NORD's black beach hut near Romney Marsh, among others. Prices start from £20 per person per night (or £750 for a long weekend) up to £3,000 for a week in peak season.

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The Horne Section: Songs in the key of silly

It's the perfect match. The improvised musings of the country's best comedians combined with the free-form noodlings of a five-piece jazz band. When The Horne Section debuted at Edinburgh this summer, it quickly became the talk of the Fringe. Punters clutching pints queued round the block for the occasional, lightly shambolic midnight shows. Jimmy Carr dropped by to rap out 10 one-liners over 10 different beats, Tim Minchin improvised a song about cheese and Tim Key performed a track by the Russian punk band Leningrad. There were burlesque dancers, shared bags of chips and 2am Bon Jovi singalongs, led by Josie Long with Mark Watson on drums.

The Diary: Karaoke numbers; Tim Minchin; The Social Network

Last summer, Swansea's Marc Price wowed Cannes with his debut movie, Colin, a zombie-fest that was made for £45. So what happened next? First, Price bought himself a camera. "I wanted to test the camera so I made a short film where we did pretty much everything I'd been advised not to do, to see how it held up," he tells me. The resulting five-minute short, The End, a pub massacre featuring gunfire and gory close-ups, was picked up by Film4's Frightfest for a Leicester Square screening. "It held up superbly on the big screen. I'm convinced this will revolutionise low-budget film making."

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