Travel / Departures: Rough, and ready

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THE latest crop of Rough Guides, published this weekend, includes new editions on Amsterdam and Turkey. Page 34 of Amsterdam: the Rough Guide (pounds 7.99) corrects one popular misconception about Holland's largest city: 'While there's a lively and growing market in cocaine and heroin, possession of either could mean a stay in one of the Netherlands' lively and growing jails.' The cover of the other newcomer (pounds 9.99) describes itself as The Rough Guide to the Turkey, which makes it sound like a Bernard Matthews manual. The guide actually covers everything from an analysis of Kurdish aspirations in south-eastern Turkey to the protocol of the harem in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace.