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10 best travel essentials

The holidays are here and it's time to decide what to take with you on your summer break. Before you start packing, here's our pick of useful accessories.

The 10 best sitcom DVDs

It is a prolific genre, but only certain TV comedies are good enough to be watched over and over again. Here are ten of the all-time best funny boxsets.

The 10 best desks

Whether you need somewhere to write that novel, keep on top of your monthly bills or just to store your pens, pencils and paper clips, we’ve got the perfect bureau for the job...

National Museum of Scotland open to public again

The National Museum of Scotland opens its doors today after completing a three-year, £47m makeover.

10 best sparkling wines

The days of sickly fizz are no more – now there are some scintillating alternatives to champagne, as this array of crisp, delicious vintages shows.

The 10 best home gym equipment

Why splash out on gym fees when you can work out in your own front room? Choose the right exercise kit, and it won’t end up as an expensive clothes rack.

Patrick Hughes: Fifty Years in Show Business, Flowers Galleries, London

When Patrick Hughes was a toddler, he slept with his mother in a cupboard beneath the stairs to shelter from Nazi bombs. Imagine what a Continental or American artist would have made of this Oedipal dream fulfilled while, as if in retribution, death rained down outside his little womb. For Hughes, however, the significance of this experience was his view of the underside of the stairs. Up became down, in became out, and Hughes never looked back. He has become the master of visual paradox and puzzle – the keyhole-shaped solid that retains the image of what the peeper saw through it, the striped tin of striped paint.

10 best spy novels

In need of a dose of espionage for your beach reading? From Bond to Bourne and beyond, we reveal our secret file of classics and the latest thrillers.

The 10 best sofas

Do you want to slump comfortably in front of the TV or make a bold style statement? From this edited selection of seating chic, the choice is easy.

The 10 best peelers and graters

Whether you want smooth, skinless spuds or coarse shards of parmesan, it’s worth investing in the right kitchen kit...

The 10 best baby monitors

Want the reassurance of knowing that your infant is safe and happy in bed, without having to creep into their room? These gadgets are just the job...

The 10 best crime DVDs

Whether you like your detectives to be traditional or gritty, Fair Isle jumper fans or a moustachioed gents, this superb selection should crack any case.

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The 10 best coffee grinders

If you’ve got a high-end coffee machine, why not ditch the packets and try grinding your own beans? Here’s our pick of the top tools for the job.

Thomas Struth: Life through an epic lens

Thomas Struth's photographs were making waves long before his recent portrait of the Queen. A major retrospective shows why, says Laura McLean-Ferris

Country casual: Wardrobe basics this summer wherever you roam

It's all about sharp stripes, light jackets and cool colours this summer...

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