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Tips and deals of the week: 25/04/2010

Half-price Isle of Wight

Red Funnel is offering up to 50 per cent off return ferry travel this month when booked with accommodation. Breaks start from £74 per person.

Go to redfunnel.co.uk

India beat South Africa to level series

Harbhajan Singh claimed five-wickets as India sealed a dramatic innings and 58-run victory on the final day of the second Test against South Africa at the Eden Gardens to draw the series 1-1 and retain their place at the top of the ICC rankings.

A Room Of My Own: Thelma Speirs, milliner, east London

Thelma Speirs is one half of the millinery label Bernstock Speirs, which launched in 1982. Six years later, she and Paul Bernstock made the iconic topless hat worn by Kylie Minogue on the cover of her first album; they have since collaborated with Jean-Paul Gaultier, among others. Thelma, 50, lives above a café on Columbia Road in east London; Paul lives in the flat below her. Visit their online shop at bernstockspeirs.com

The little island and its big, green victory

The Danish haven of Samso is one of the world's first industrialised places to become energy self-sufficient – a great boost for a country about to host a summit on climate change. Tony Paterson visits the windy isle

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Bath 17 Gloucester 21: Azam's muscle helps destroy ancient belief

It was one of rugby's revealed truths that however Gloucester approached a Premiership fixture at the Recreation Ground – travel on the day, stay overnight to avoid the traffic, pick a running team, choose a fighting team, take the field in high heels and suspenders – they would never win one. So much for truth and revelation. At the weekend, Dean Ryan's team finally put an end to a story stretching all the way back to Aesop by beating Bath on the banks of the Avon. They could not have timed it better, for they may never have had another chance.