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British Airways' airplanes sit on the runway at London City Airport on March 17, 2010 in London, England

Bangkok cheaper to fly to than Benidorm at half-term after surge in Mediterranean air fares

On Ryanair it will cost more to reach Portugal than New York

Third time lucky: easyJet passengers finally reached Madeira after a 4,500-mile trip

Madeira mixup: Finding a Porto Santo in an Atlantic storm

The man who pays his way

Thomas Cook apologises to parents of the children who died on holiday in Corfu

'I, on behalf of Thomas Cook, want to reiterate our deepest sympathy and sorrow.'

Time travel: Thomas Cook has been trading since 1841
The accident in Pennsylvania has prompted a debate on rail safety in America

Amtrak Philadelphia crash: 'US rail passengers don't need seatbelts – they need confidence that the trains in America are safe'

Rail travel in the US is still seen as a novelty – which part of the reason behind such a lack of investment

Butlin's has pulled down some of its old chalets and replaced them with accommodation that has the look and feel of an upmarket housing estate

New-look Butlin's takes the holiday firm back to its roots after a £16m makeover

Exclusive: Revamped design has echoes of Sir Billy Butlin's original concept

The Butlin's makeover takes us back to a time before cheap flights enticed us south to Spain and Greece

Forget Hi-de-Hi: Butlin's is modernising its image by harking back to a bygone age

The firm's brave investment could help to brighten the future of the British seaside

From Marseille you can continue along the Côte d’Azur

France by rail: A new train service connects London to Marseille

Simon Calder looks at exciting new ways to explore this Continental favourite

Greek ATMs are working fine, but travellers may have trouble paying by credit card
The Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami

Miami: Little Havana has a lot of charm

Miami's South Beach may have all the glamour, but the rest of Florida's largest city rewards exploration, says Simon Calder

Blue lagoon: Sete Cidades

Azores budget break: Cheap flights from Britain make Sao Miguel the ideal economy escape

These far-flung Portuguese islands have always been pricey to reach, but with low-cost flights now available, Simon Calder tests the waters

Affordable adventure: Sao Miguel
Hippocrates square in the old town

Rhodes travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Even without its Colossus, the island's capital has no shortage of wonders, as Simon Calder discovers

Luck out: some Brits get a longer stay in Las Vegas than they had anticipated

What goes to Las Vegas, tends to stay in Las Vegas

The man who pays his way

Strike threat: 'Air France roulette' has odds almost as bleak as the Russian variety

French air-traffic strike: A formidable power to disrupt

A danger for Air France is that British passengers will rationally decide to fly with a different airline

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    Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

    Abuse - and the hell that follows

    James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
    Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

    It's oh so quiet!

    The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
    'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

    'Timeless fashion'

    It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
    If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

    Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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    New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

    Evolution of swimwear

    From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine