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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Christmas celebrations fuel huge public demand for new carols

Christmas The Observer Among the traditional favourites being sung by concert-goers this year will be hundreds of pieces written by modern composers Roxanna Panufnik’s new carol will...

Family life: My grandparents’ wedding in a cafe toilet; Roxanne by the Police; crab...

Family Family life Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes Snapshot … Morag Egan’s paternal grandparents’ wedding day, 28 January 1921, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the wall...

Planing a trip? Here are my handy hints

Culture First take From the bed to the bin, from the lavatory to the crockery, our pop culture expert on what to do before leaving home Make...

Better medical care could slash UK mortality rate during pregnancy

Pregnancy A new report claims two in five deaths could be prevented and that expectant mothers taking medication should seek advice before stopping Experts say access...

‘Queen of Thai street food’ wins Michelin star in Bangkok guide

The Michelin Guide Legendary street food seller Jay Fai is one of just 17 restaurants awarded prestigious stars in new guide Street food stalls in Bangkok....

UK hospices warned against joint venture with undertaker tycoon

Death and dying Initiative encourages hospices to offer low-cost funerals in venture with firm run by author of How to Become Dead Rich Some have praised...

Tricks of the brain: the magic of everyday perception | Daniel Glaser

Life and style A neuroscientist explains Optical illusions play on our nervous system’s ability to focus attention on what matters and ignore the background, says Daniel...

Siddhartha Mukherjee meets Henry Marsh: ‘When do you stop treating a patient? At 100?’

The year he retired from full-time practice, in 2014, Henry Marsh published Do No Harm, a likable and arrestingly honest memoir about his 40-year...

My life in sex: ‘We had the hottest sex life – now we follow...

Sex My life in sex The woman trying for a baby ‘Sex was something of a chore.’ Illustration: Lo Cole for the Guardian Sex My life in sex My life in...

The fear factor: how should we deal with alarmist health reporting?

Health & wellbeing We are fed a constant diet of medical scare stories that often seem to contradict each other. Which ones should we believe? Photograph:...
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