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Above All Things, By Tanis Rideout

The story of George Mallory, the dashing mountaineer and Bloomsbury-set member who disappeared attempting the summit of Mount Everest in 1924, would seem to write itself.

Rupert Murdoch has stated that he is trying transcendental meditation

'Trying transcendental meditation... not that easy to get started': Rupert Murdoch goes in search of his inner hippie

Holy media moguls! Has Rupert Murdoch discovered his spiritual side? Will the global maestro of plain dealing, pragmatism and unfettered capitalism reveal a mystical side to his thunderstruck associates?

Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann

Classical review: Jonas Kaufmann, Philharmonia, Rieder, Royal Festival Hall, London

Verdi or Wagner? Posing the musical question of the year, tenor Jonas Kaufmann answers it by saying that he has vacillated between them, unable to decide whose music he prefers. He finally declares that they are mutually beneficial: "After singing Wagner you have an extra dose of power for the drama in Verdi, and after singing Verdi, it is much easier to sing Wagner, as the composer intended, with Italian legato." It was this latter course that he adopted at the Royal Festival Hall, backed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Jochen Rieder.

Matthew Bell is put through his paces by Bridgett Ann Goddard yesterday

Hot and humid: Introducing Bikram yoga

It's not supposed to be competitive, but fans hope for Olympic glory. Matthew Bell reports from the national championships

Ulrike Anton, Russell Ryan, David Parry, Lost Generation: Schulhoff, Ullmann, Tauský (exil.arte)

Album review: Ulrike Anton, Russell Ryan, David Parry, Lost Generation: Schulhoff, Ullmann, Tauský (exil.arte)

The Austrian label exil.arte is dedicated to unearthing lost works by forgotten composers deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis – in most cases, simply a synonym for “Jewish”.

Bohemian charm in Tulum

The Hedonist: What to see and where to be seen

Rupert Thomson

Book of a lifetime: On the High Wire by Philippe Petit

In 1985 I worked for the Strand, New York’s most famous second-hand bookstore.

The 10 Best home gym equipment

Give expensive memberships a miss and turn your house into a health club with this range of exercise essentials

Tihar Jail was designed for 6,000 prisoners but holds 13,000

Inside Tihar Jail: How prison where gang-rape suspect died turned from a notorious jail to a model institution

The sprawling Tihar Jail in the west of Delhi, home to around 13,000 inmates, was once notorious across the region.

Pope Benedict XVI's leads the Angelus prayer from the window

In Pictures: Pope Benedict XVI gives final Sunday blessing

The Independent picture desk selects the best images from St Peter's Square

Alec Baldwin's wife is sued over a 'dangerous activity' in her yoga class

Yoga is supposed to be about alleviating stress. But for two New Yorkers a class over  the weekend had quite the opposite effect.

Thousands attend Pope Benedict XVI's blessing

Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.

Harriet Walker: The Avocado app knows if you're faking

I found out recently – that is, somebody told me and I believed them but haven't yet checked the veracity of the statement, either on Google or with my friend who knows about stuff like this – that avocados grow in pairs. And not only do the trees like to hang out next to one another, their fruit develops à deux too. This is one helluva lovey-dovey piece of flora.

In the deep end: A bather at the Hampstead Heath men’s pond, north London

Review: Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal, By Al Alvarez

Journey with gritted teeth through hell and cold water

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