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Kuala Lumpur: Sound of the future

Could music be Malaysia’s next big export? Its vibrant pop and hip-hop scene sounds like nothing you’ve heard before and its bright new acts are winning fans worldwide. 
Faris Mustafa gets lost in music

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David Axelrod’s Washington

David Axelrod is the ultimate political strategist, with more than 40 years’ experience of US politics — from his days as an investigative journalist to advising his friend, Barack Obama. He gives Alex Rayner an insider’s guide to Washington DC

Simon Reeve: four unexpected sights from my Caribbean adventure

With a new TV series chronicling his journey through the Caribbean airing on BBC Two, adventurer and presenter Simon Reeve shares four surprising places he discovered along the way

Insider’s guide: Los Angeles

Aaron Bruno, front man of electro-rock outfit Awolnation and Malibu resident, gives us his tips on how to see the City of Angels like a Los Angeleno

Australia’s best vegetarian restaurants

Adelaide-based chef and TV presenter Simon Bryant continues Meat Free Week by picking his favourite vegetarian restaurants in Australia

The weatherman: the Helm Wind

It’s the only wind in Britain with its own name and it’s legendary — says meteorological expert Paul Simons

Five of the best surfing spots for families in Devon and Cornwall

The South West coast is home to some of the UK’s best waves. Emma Mahony checks out five surfing schools where the whole family can learn how to ride them during the Easter holidays

London: an insider’s guide

In a city as dynamic and ever-changing as London, there will always be brand new hotspots. Author and resident Saska Graville — who has released a second edition of ‘London Style Guide’ — unearths the off-the-radar places to eat, sleep and shop

Keith’s connections: India

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, a first-time visit to India

UK: West Park Hotel, Harrogate

This Victorian coach house-turned-boutique hotel benefits from both an urban location and proximity to rolling green parklands, making it the perfect weekend escape, says James Hanning

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Six New York food markets where you can lunch with locals

Indoor food halls may not be NYC’s claim to fame, but a renewed interest is changing the way locals eat. Want to browse all of the city’s buzz-worthy bites under one roof? These are your best bets, says local food writer Elspeth Velten

North Fork: Welcome to the Un-Hamptons

One of the historical holiday colonies of the American Northeast, The Hamptons is the super-exclusive province of millionaires and billionaires. While the smart set stay south, the bargain hunters and tastemakers head for the spectacular wetlands of Long Island’s North Fork. But how long can it retain its innocence? Mark Jones pays a visit

The freezing trail from Alaska to Vancouver

Seasoned independent traveller Simon Calder doesn't do cruises. But hold the light entertainment: the cruise from Alaska to Vancouver is a journey to the rugged, freezing, awe-inspiring edge of the world

Washington: beyond the West Wing

A kindred spirit of Harlem in NYC, Washington’s U Street was known as ‘Black Broadway’ in the 1950s. After a cycle of decline, regeneration and gentrification, Chris Leadbeater finds that the area never really lost its soul

Banks: my LA

The singer-songwriter sensation and LA local gives Britt Collins the inside track on where to shop, eat and see live music in Los Angeles

San Francisco: Maupin's real Tales of the City

He's been called the man who ‘invented San Francisco' but with his final Tales of the City book in the bag, has Armistead Maupin moved on? He talks to Eva Wiseman about fame, fans and visiting Russia

Seattle's best street food

To celebrate the Chowtzer Awards for the world's best fast, cheap and street-style food this weekend, we ask Seattle food blogger Naomi Bishop some quickfire questions about her favourite local mouthfuls

Five of Austin's best swimming holes

What could be better than visiting one of the USA's hippest and fastest-growing cities this summer? A range of cooling pools to jump into when the heat gets too much. Isabelle D'Arcy Clark picks some of the best spots to take a dip.