Creating a patch of paradise in southern Japan may appear effortless for the Gardening World Cup contenders, but it's not all sunshine and roses. Julian Ryall gets a behind-the-hedges look at what...

Once the Mediterranean's best-kept secret, Croatia now has few empty beds in the high season. Words and pictures by Tim Pile.

In an unusual twist for summer, the designers showing at Paris Fashion Week revel in the drama of gowns, shadows and subtler hues, writes Jing Zhang.

Freer silhouettes, separates and Asian influences rule the spring-summer catwalks at Milan Fashion Week, writes Francesca Fearon.

Heavily censored until August, books are now openly sold and enjoyed in Myanmar. Mary O'Shea gets the word on Yangon's streets. Pictures by Cedric Arnold.

We eat it; we drink it (and get drunk on it); we pickle with it; and we press it to make oil. A world without rice doesn't bear thinking about.

Handbags, that is. A homeowner made every inch count when creating an interior that measured up to his family’s expectations.

The American Olympic swimmer tells Mathew Scott his secret to winning - and, no, it wasn't the moustache.

Romantic and edgy, the neo-gothic looks of the season are not for the faint-hearted.


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