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Book review: Four Fields, By Tim Dee

From the Fens to Chernobyl, this tour of turf shows the skills of a gifted, if sombre, naturalist

Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Towards the end of his show the curly-haired Seann Walsh mimics Michael McIntyre and Kevin Bridges, two of his stablemates at his management company.

A week with: The latest hybrid laptops

There are more hybrid laptops on the market than ever before. Here we test four of the latest contenders

Yoga helps prisoners to behave, according to Oxford University study

Yoga can improve the mood and mental wellbeing of prisoners and may help improve impulsive behaviour, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.

New study shows how singing synchronises choirs' heartbeat

Reduction in heart rate variability can be as beneficial to health as yoga

Review: The Professor of Truth, By James Robertson. Hamish Hamilton, £16.99

Twenty-one years ago, Alan Tealing’s wife and daughter were killed in the bombing of a transatlantic flight over Scotland. Tealing, a lecturer in English literature at a Scottish university, has dedicated the years since to “The Case” – “the gathering and sifting of information, the analysis of so-called facts and challenging of so-called evidence”.

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Polish your Spanish or life drawing skills, or learn to forage and then cook your harvest with this range of engrossing courses

Study claims ‘inner peace’ can help pupils to cope with exams

After taking part, 80 per cent of the children said they continued to use the techniques

Winging it: Peter Wedd as Lohengrin is propelled across the water by Thomas Rowlands as Gottfried

Classical review: Lohengrin - Love means never having to say who you really are

Love is seldom simple in Wagner's operas. There is always a curse or a price, some impossible condition to be met, some sacrifice to be made. In Lohengrin ("the favourite opera of all sensitive ladies", according to one 19th-century critic), sensitive Elsa stands falsely accused of the murder of her brother, Gottfried. The dreamboat hero who arrives to defend Elsa's honour is quick to say those three little words that she longs to hear, and quick to march her to the altar to the lily-scented strains of Wagner's wedding anthem, with the proviso that she should never ask his name. Alas, Elsa has three little words of her own to say, burning like chili pepper on her sensitive tongue: who are you?

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe inspired by Ryan Giggs' longevity

The Tottenham striker is now 30

Asunder, By Chloe Aridjis

This unusual novel of art, solitude and imagination breaks the rules but creates a vision of its own

SABMiller capitalise on rising demand for premium lagers

Brewer SABMiller today grabbed an bigger slice of a shrinking UK beer market and flagged up a major push for its Pilsner Urquell brand.

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Jonny Wilkinson keeps a door open to late call-up to the British and Irish Lions

Flawless display of kicking from England legend leads Toulon to maiden Heineken Cup

Italy’s Dolomites

Summer Guide 2013: Mountains

Learn about life in the Swiss mountains with the new BaseCamp package at Nira Alpina (00 41 081 838 6969; niraalpina.com). Keep all the family amused on a summer break at this designer hotel in St Moritz, in the Engadine Valley, with workshops for children on edible mountain plants, how to milk cows and make cheese, and active pursuits including kite-surfing, climbing and sailing. From Sfr875 (£606)pp for five nights' B&B, picnic two guided hiking tours, plus other trips and treats. Children aged under 12 can stay free of charge in their parents' room. International travel costs extra. Departures are between 15 June and 13 October.

The Enigma of the Return, By Dany Laferrière, trans. David Homel

A magnificent meditation on loss and political exile as a great Haitian writer returns home

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