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Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, Lyon.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425055405150/b9048c18-9711-4d60-b857-31d33a772037-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, …

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Stargazing in Chile: dark skies in the Atacama desert

Nowhere on Earth is better for stargazing than Chile’s Atacama desert, where super-observatories have opened up to a wave of astro-tourists seeking unpolluted skies<p>Midnight in the desert. With a group of eight, I am huddled around a telescope 150 times stronger than the naked eye, staring at the …

Raspberry Pi 2 goes on sale for less than £25 – with support for free Windows 10

Photograph: RS Components<p>The new board will enable new applications and make using it as a computer considerably faster.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/2/1422873767971/b1ed99f8-589d-4ea9-835b-1672f114fbf2-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: RS Components<p>The new board will …

Saddle height: How to get it right, and why it's so important (video)

Saddle height adjustments can take seconds – but find the sweetspot and you could revolutionise your riding. Unfortunately, in the same amount of …

Buying a new bike: a 12-point plan

With literally hundreds and hundreds of different models of bike on the market, it can be genuinely hard to know where to start looking for a new …

Eight best waterproof cycling jackets reviewed 2018

Riding in wet weather is no one’s idea of fun, but if you want to make it a little more bearable then a good waterproof cycling jacket is an …

Tour de France 2014 stage three schedule

As the Tour de France sprints in to London, here’s the list of locations it passes en route from Cambridge to Buckingham Palace.<p>Tour organisers have …

10 of the best budget hotels in Budapest

Budapest has plenty of cheap hostels, but for a more stylish stay in the Hungarian capital you can book a design hotel for under £100 a night<p>Budapest is buzzing right now. It's not just one of the most affordable destinations in Europe but has brilliant nightlife – from the famous ruin pubs to the …

Top 10 free things to see in Venice

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore<p>The island of San Giorgio has the ultimate views in Venice - looking out over the the Doges Palace and the Grand Canal - and the landmark church, designed in 1555 by Andrea Palladio, is a must-see. There is no charge to go inside the <i>chiesa</i>, whose rather stark interior …

Tamara Rojo's Madrid

The English National Ballet’s artistic director and lead principal reveals the parts of Madrid that put her in a spin<p><b>Although I was born in Montreal, Canada,</b> I arrived in Madrid when I was four months old. I love how open and cosmopolitan the place is.<p><b>The city has fantastic public spaces</b>. I once …

Alerts over faulty Apple and Samsung handsets

<b>Apple and Samsung have issued alerts about faults on some of their phones.</b><p>Apple has begun a replacement programme for some of its iPhone 5 handsets that have a faulty sleep/wake button.<p>Separately, Samsung has revealed that some of its flagship Galaxy S5 handsets have been shipped with a …

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Hive turns up central heating control with smartphone app for thermostats

British technology firm Hive is tackling what it believes is a national distrust of smart-home technologies, focusing on simplifying ways of adding control to its computerised thermostats product now used in 75,000 UK homes.<p>Challenging the "wild claims" of financial benefits made by some rivals in …

Top 10 craft beer pubs in central London

The Old Coffee House, Soho<p>At first glance, this Beak Street boozer is indistinguishable from its Soho competitors. Its 18th-century interior is decorated with tourist-titillating vintage tat. Almost inaudibly, pop and R&B music nag on in the background while, on one wall, a muted TV relays the Sky …

NexStar Evolution unveiled by Celestron at NEAF 2014

We’re here at the NorthEast Astronomy Forum 2014 on 12 and 13 April, and it’s been exciting to see the many new products that are coming to market in …

Nest and the battle to control your heating

<b>Competition to be the company that brings smart home technology to Britain and cuts energy bills is hotting up. Nest, the firm whose smart thermostat has been a big hit in the United States, is launching in the UK.</b><p>The device, from a team which cut its design teeth at Apple, connects wirelessly to …

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VW campervans in the UK – a guide to rentals

United Kingdom holidays,Glamping,Camping holidays,Music festivals,Festivals,Europe holidays,Travel,Road trips,Caravans and campervans<p>Festival-goers and nostalgia-hunters are fuelling a boom in the campervan rental market in the UK<p>Campervans aren't just for warmer climes. In the UK, the Kombi is …

The best cycling multi-tools for 2018

A good multi-tool is a must have item for any cyclist. A pocket sized collection of all the tools you’re likely to need on the go, these useful …

Astrophotography: Tips for photographing the stars

Astrophotography is not limited to organisations such as Nasa or the astrophysics centre Jodrell Bank. By combining a few simple pieces of technology it is possible for anyone to photograph the night sky.<p>Click's LJ Rich finds out how to take pictures of the stars with a small camera or</b> …

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Oriental Dragon: restaurant review

<b>100 Cleveland Street, London W1 (020 7387 7878). Meal for two, including wine and service: £60</b><p>There is a kind of salty paranoia that strikes me most …

Want to drive smarter? New app will point you in the right direction

Worried that you're using too much petrol? Concerned that if you crashed your car in a remote location nobody would find out until too late? A new …