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Escape the Olympics? Take a short break with United Hotels (01455 631122). A two-night holiday with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Hinckley Island hotel, Leicestershire, costs pounds 99 per person. They'll even remove the sports pages from your morning newspaper.

Avoid low bridges whilst barging on the Broads? Get hold of the latest Ordnance Survey (01703 792000) map for the Broads which includes bridge height clearance information. It costs pounds 5.40.

See a free exhibition of travel photography? Visit the first floor of British Airways' flagship office in Regent Street, London W1. A series of pictures by Carolyn Bates is on show in the coffee shop.

Walk the Cleveland Way without excess baggage? Walkers throughout the North York moors and coast can get someone to transport their backpack for them by contacting the Rent-a-Ranger service (01947 810220). It costs pounds 7 per day per bag.

Tell a Schuko from an American two-pin? Get a copy of the SAS Travel Book (the Scandinavian Airlines timetable, not a manual for soldiers). It includes diagrams of the eight main types of electric plug, and lists where each is found. Call 0345 090900.

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