My life in travel: Russell Kane

'I've promised myself I'll meet Mickey'

Travel Agenda

Welsh hideaways, Keswick writers, Miami, online holiday shop, animated Exeter, Winter Olympics, Ecuador and Jamaica

The Big Six: New Zealand Lodges

Whale-watching, exotic birdlife and luxury romantic retreats

St Lucia: Sweet luxury in a tropical hideaway

Room Service: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia

Jose Enrique

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique doubtful for Aston Villa clash

Lleft-back was forced off with a hamstring problem during victory at West Ham

<b>25 June - 1 July 2012</b><br/>
Spain’s players celebrate winning Euro 2012 with Prince Felipe of Spain. It was their third consecutive major tournament win.

Managers offer mixed reaction to Euro 2020 plans

Tournament will be played in cities across Europe

Tour de force: Frances de la Tour as Dorothy Stacpoole in 'People'

First Night: People; Lyttelton Theatre, London

Bennett takes a swipe at cosy English complacencies and the National Trust

Aleksic in goal for Spurs in the early 1980s

Milija Aleksic: Goalkeeper who won the FA Cup with Tottenham

A keen cricketer, he earned the nickname 'Elastic' for his spectacular catches at slip

Medea, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

In Medea’s shiny red Ikea kitchen, friend Pam and neighbour Sarah are circling each other, spearing for details of her mental and physical disintegration, vying for position as supporter in-chief.

Madonna pressed her audience to vote for Obama, then observed, 'for better or for worse… we have a black Muslim in the White House, OK?'

Madonna's satire misjudges the mood

It was revealed this week that at a concert in Washington, Madonna pressed her audience to vote for Obama, then observed, "for better or for worse… we have a black Muslim in the White House, OK?"

<b>Roberto Mancini v Paul Lambert</b><br/>
During Manchester City's surprise Capital One Cup defeat at home to Aston Villa, Roberto Mancini entered into an exchange with Paul Lambert when the latter seemed to object to the City manager questioning the fourth official over why a yellow card had not been shown. After the match, Mancini said: 'I am tired of these managers. I did not say anything to him, I only asked if it was a yellow card and he comes over [to argue] every time. I am tired of this, I am very tired.' Mancini then went on to warn others about such behaviour. 'Some managers had better shut up because I was only asking the fourth official because I thought the referee had left his yellow card in the dressing room. I don't like this behaviour. When they go to Old Trafford, they say nothing.'

Rebel without a (yellow) card: Why Mancini falls out with rival managers

As Paul Lambert joins the long list of the Italian's sparring partners, Ian Herbert finds the source of the City coach's touchline tantrums

Doctors and nurses make the best neighbours

More bad news for politicians in latest poll

Housing costs deter 20% of people from having children

More than one in four of those who have delayed becoming parents say they have been doing so for more than five years

A rendering of the new African biosphere at Chester Zoo. The approved redevelopment within the green belt includes a hotel

Dozens of developments pose threat to sanctity of green belt

Developments to help 'revive the economy' risk destroying countryside, campaigners say

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