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Nuts for Brazil

As Brazil hots up for next year's World Cup, Spanish carrier Air Europa has announced that it will start flying from Madrid to Sao Paulo on 16 December. The flights will operate five times a week, and have connections from Gatwick. Fares start at £699 return; non-stop options are offered from Heathrow by BA and TAM (aireuropa.com).

Back to Seattle

Delta is having another go at competing with BA between London and Seattle. The US airline returns to the route next March, with bookings starting today (delta.com).

Beach beautiful

Seafolly's Preview beachwear collection is launching in stores and online on Monday. Vintage floral prints are complemented by acid colours and nautical stripes by rope ties. There are also tasselled kaftans and caps. From £35 (seafolly.co.uk).

Patsy Cline time

The singer Patsy Cline died in 1963. Fifty years on, the Country singer's former home has opened to visitors in Winchester, Virginia (Celebrating PatsyCline.org).

Upper limits

Virgin Atlantic is offering economy and premium economy passengers the chance to upgrade on the ground. On flights from Heathrow to New York JFK, Newark, Boston, Washington and San Francisco, £340 buys two travellers limo transfers, fast-track security, Upper Class-tagged bags and access to the Clubhouse (virgin-atlantic.com).

New Edition

Edition Hotels, which currently has an exclusive 78-room hotel in Istanbul with a three-story ESPA and Cipriani restaurant, is due to open a London Edition in Fitzrovia on 12 September. Introductory rates are now available for £255, using the promo code “LPR” (bit.ly/LondonEdit).

Glasgow gold

It's a year to go to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. If you can't wait that long, you can already visit many of the key sporting venues with a new Go For Gold guide (bit.ly/Glasgow Games).

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2: The number of brands launching in the UK next year by all-inclusive specialist First Choice. SuneoClub consists of eight three-star hotels with modern design elements, set in popular Mediterranean beach resorts; a week in Menorca costs from £430pp. Meanwhile, six beachfront Club Magic Life resorts offer activities such as mountain biking, tennis, diving or waterports; a week in Tunisia costs from £535pp (firstchoice.co.uk).

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