Voices

It's not just children who need lessons in reflection. Adults need to switch off

First group of 24 'free' schools to open next month

Faith schools and advocates of Latin and yoga are among those chosen to receive state funding

A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Poor James Boswell. After a triumphant London run and subsequent tour Russell Barr, who plays the irascible lexicographer's co-star and just about everyone else was taken ill. Luckily for the audience, David Beames tied on a pinny and played the ladies while Andrew Byatt read the sidekick's role from the script.

Harriet Walker: 'Everyone began rasping like zombies in my Bikram yoga class'

I might as well tell you, seeing as I've bragged about it to everyone else, that I've taken up Bikram yoga. It's a variant of the old-lady yoga that everyone professes to be good at, but is done in a room heated to 100F. Walking into that room is like being walloped across the face with an old sock. An old sock that eight people have farted into, has been buried in peat, dug up, farted into again and then filled with sick. I have never in my life encountered such a smell.

David Leddy's Untitled Love Story, St George's West, Edinburgh

David Leddy is a Fringe institution, a writer and director who magics audiences to faraway places in his shows. Last year, he took them on a macabre midnight journey through an old Masonic lodge.

Roisin Conaty: Destiny's Dickhead, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

It's brisk business as usual for the winner of the 2010 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer award. Roisin Conaty picks up the relentless pace where she left off, and if anything she is a little too quick for her own good, finishing her show at around the 45-minute mark. "I've no sense of direction, which makes it hard to storm off in an argument," she says. Maybe she should add a sense of timing to that.

Album: James Turnbull, Fierce Tears: Contemporary Oboe Music (Quartz)

Fierce Tears offers further proof that the oboe's contemporary repertoire continues to thrive; and in James Turnbull it has a worthy champion.

Archie Bland: All I was left with were bad memories

It was just a normal holiday, I was assured, with healthy extras. Early morning yoga. Massage. An excess of salad. What I hadn't anticipated was a twice-daily enema.

Transcendental Meditation: Were the hippies right all along?

For years, it has been ridiculed as a 1960s embarrassment. Now Transcendental Meditation is back in a big way. So were those hippies on to something all along?

From skate ramps to chocolate fountains: Why dotcom offices still party like it's 1999

It used to be company cars, pensions and private healthcare plans that lured bright young things in to otherwise dull office careers.

Stretch out in Slovakia

A new yoga holiday in the High Tatra mountains is a chance to achieve tranquillity in a dramatic setting, says Cathy Winston

24-Hour Room Service: Shanti-Som, Málaga, Spain

Asian wellbeing arrives in Andalucia

Welsh hope yoga can aid mobility

Wales have turned to yoga in an attempt to improve their chances at this year's World Cup. Warren Gatland wants his players to avoid becoming "gym monkeys" by improving their flexibility. He also wants to help those who are prone to injury.

Life in a Day (12A)

Kevin Macdonald has sifted 4,500 hours of YouTube footage submitted from around the globe to make the record of a single day: 24 July, 2010.

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