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Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.

Charismatic: Giannuzzi's sense of taste permeated everything with which he came into contact

Gigi Giannuzzi: Iconoclastic publisher celebrated for his books of photojournalism

The mercurial, infinitely lovable Gigi Giannuzzi was an iconoclastic publisher, the founder of Trolley Books, whose specialty was alternative truth, his personal religion. Many of Trolley's publications could be defined as photojournalism. In March 2005, Trolley Books, founded in only 2001 and many of whose publications were determinedly uncommercial, received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing.

11 March 2012: Erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, by previously unknown British author EL James, topped the New York Times best-seller list.
A limited print run of the book, the first of a trilogy, sold out while the majority of sales were e-books.

Fifty Shades Of Grey voted Book of the Year

EL James's best-selling steamy sensation Fifty Shades Of Grey has been voted Book of the Year by the reading public.

Page 3 Profile: Chuck Hagel, former US senator

The favourite to be Obama's Defence Secretary?

Gatwick profit trebles after new Asian routes

New routes to Russia, Korea and China helped Gatwick Airport fly almost 20 million passengers in the six months to October, and pre-tax profit more than trebled to £107.2m.

Gatwick reports rise in profits

A busy holiday airport has announced increased half-yearly profits.

US President Barack Obama (C) stands with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders including Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) during a family picture ahead of the 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom-Penh

Obama pushes economic counter to China

President Barack Obama's push to expand trade with a cluster of mid-sized Asian nations is couched in terms of increasing US jobs and exports, but there's a larger aim: forcing China to speed the opening of its economy and curbing some of the country's economic clout.

One To Watch: Olivia Arthur, Photographer, 32

The newest recruit to Magnum Photos read maths at Oxford University before taking up photo-journalism at the London College of Printing.

£2,490: Travel Indochina

Travel Challenge: Christmas in Cambodia

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a trip to Cambodia over Christmas. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes 10 nights' accommodation, flights from the UK in December, guides and transfers.

Gary Glitter arrested over Savile affair – and other stars begin to worry

The pop star Gary Glitter has become the first person to be arrested by detectives investigating allegations of multiple sex attacks by the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

Deals of the week: Vietnam, New York, New Forest

Less than £200... Make for the New Forest as autumn's colours explode. The Cottage Lodge B&B in Brockenhurst is offering a three-night package for £75pp, based on two sharing, for stays taken from 5 November to the end of February (excl Christmas, New Year, school holidays and Saturdays). Cottagelodge.co.uk

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What's the safest way of booking a flight to Australia for Christmas?

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Human trafficking rising in UK, warn anti-slavery groups

New figures show nearly 1,000 victims in 2011 and suggest children are being forced into crime
Ruthless and charming, Cambodia mourns its ‘King-Father’

Cambodia mourns its ruthless and charming 'King Father'

The body of Cambodia's former king, Norodom Sihanouk, will be displayed for up to three months before a large state funeral is held for the mercurial and widely loved monarch who died after suffering a heart attack.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
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