Extras

Whether you’re trekking to Machu Picchu or taking in the sun - and football – in Rio, take your pick from these inspirational and useful reads, chosen by Stanfords, the travel information specialists

Book review: Clarissa's England, By Clarissa Dickson Wright

Black pudding, red herrings – and lots of fruity detours

Plague infected squirrel discovered in National Forest near Los Angeles

The diseased animal - a ground squirrel - was found to be carrying the disease, which if not treated with antibiotics is usually fatal

Five of the six men after their arrest in connection with the gang rape of a female Swiss tourist

Six jailed over Swiss tourist gang rape in India

An Indian court has sentenced six men convicted of the gang rape of a Swiss woman to life imprisonment, a lawyer in the case said.

A man looks at his Apple iPad in front an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Aly Song

Apple sued for 'enabling porn addiction'

36-year-old Chris Sevier blames the company for his wife leaving him

Happy days: Spending a week in a tent in heavy rain used to be a rite of passage

Will we carry on camping? Despite the economic downturn, holidays under canvas are not booming

In these austere days, are cash-conscious Britons saving their money and taking refuge in tents on their holidays? With the advent of the staycation, surely, comes a willingness to embrace the hardy world of camping.

The 10 Best camera bags

Whether you’re after a classic case in the style of Lee Miller or something hi-tech, keep your precious kit safe in one of these.

Festival goers arriving for Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset

Glastonbury 2013: Thousands queue overnight for Britain's biggest music festival (praying that the rain stays away)

See pictures of the revellers arriving at Worthy Farm, Somerset

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King's swansong: Markets have got it all wrong

Outgoing Governor says world economy still far too weak to allow interest rate rises

DVD review: This is 40

Judd Apatow's "sort-of sequel" to Knocked Up revisits the married couple played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, now found to be suffering a mid-life crisis – although it's only a crisis if you're used to the sort of moneyed Californian privilege that Apatow enjoys.

David Cameron prepares for G8 summit with early morning dip... but Vladimir Putin did not join him

PM takes tha plunge in Lough Erne, joined by one of his ever-present bodyguards

Bon Jovi performing at the Isle of Wight festival

Isle of Wight Festival 2013: Sun shone on Bon Jovi despite forecasts of a wash-out

The sun kept shining on revellers as they enjoyed the final day of the Isle of Wight Festival, headlined by Bon Jovi.

Tim Key: 'We built a fire and foraged for food in a Tesco Metro a 15-minute drive away'

I love camping, me. I went with my friends from home last week to escape the smoke and gather some nonsense to put in my column for The Independent Magazine. We camped in a Kentish wood full of bluebells. It was actually idyllic.

The 10 Best sleeping bags

Getting a good night's kip can make or break a trip to the great outdoors. Here are our top choices on how to stay snug

Travel Agenda

From camping and caravanning to Game of Thrones walking tours

Mick Jagger, musician - 1962-

Sir Mick Jagger plans yurt-based family fun at Glastonbury 2013

Sir Mick Jagger has revealed that he is planning to make a weekend of it when he headlines Glastonbury with The Rolling Stones and will hang out with his children.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas