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With each passing year, the Wines from Spain Awards throw up more variety and better quality across the board. Chosen from nearly 1,000 wines, the top awards demonstrate that while rioja is still a vital part of what Spain does well, there is so much more to the country’s wine today in style, in quality and in value. Spain in many ways is Europe’s greatest hope for a challenge to the New World dominance of the past two decades.

You write the reviews: Scenes From A Marriage, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

In marriage, as in life, a little rain must fall. With Ingmar Bergman, it lashes down, storms thundering across the windswept landscape of our past, present and future. Adapted from a six-part TV series that began in 1973 – a barely fictionalised portrait of Bergman's marriage to the actress Liv Ullmann – Scenes from a Marriage is very much everything you might imagine from a Strindberg or an Ibsen: all dark, brooding intensity, relationships teetering on the edge and pulling back.

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Want to give the garden a quick lift? Keen for a change from last year's look? Easy: plant cheap, cheerful annuals

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