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'Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand was extraordinary'

Woman given life sentence for cannabis possession: Debate over decriminalisation of marijuana highlighted by report and British grandmother's fight against 25-year jail term

THIS will be a bad week for Elaine Prince-Patron. On Thursday, her twin grandchildren celebrate their third birthday, an event she would love to attend. But she has never visited them, nor will she be free to do so until they are in their mid-twenties.

Two arrested for Biosphere raid

Two people who lived for two years inside Biosphere 2, an experiment to create a prototype 'Martian' colony, were arrested on charges of breaking into the domed complex and vandalising it, Reuter reports from Tucson, Arizona. Abigail Alling, 34, and Mark van Thillo, are accused of second-degree burglary, damaging property and trespass.

Renegade Biospherians let in a breath of fresh air

PIONEERS of the Biosphere 2 project who are trying to create a new world under glass in the Arizona desert have discovered that the nasty realities of the old world are harder to escape than they had hoped.

Golf: Davies scores sixth success

LAURA DAVIES, playing the longest course on the LPGA Tour, hardly used her driver as she shot a flawless three-under- par 70 to win the Standard Register Ping on Sunday.

California loses 4,000 Hughes missile jobs

THE AILING defence industry in California, the most populous state in the American union, has received a fresh blow with an announcement by Hughes Aircraft that it is moving almost all its missile-building operations to Arizona.

Obituary: Viennamin Chebotayev

Viennamin Chebotayev, physicist, died Tucson Arizona, aged 53. Russian expert in the role of lasers in the study of atomic physics.

Women in search of safety: Definitely not the solution to rape . . .

IF EVER a woman should determine to exact violent revenge on a would-be rapist, the means to do so exist, if only on paper. For hidden away in the US Patents Office are plans for five devices designed to chop and generally mutilate the penis of an assailant. Male readers beware: what follows will do nothing for your castration complex.
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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
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Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?