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Chipping Norton

The Chipping Norton Literary Festival could well satisfy anyone who enjoys both books and bucolic scenery, taking place as it does in a beautiful Cotswolds market town, and featuring such popular authors as David Baddiel, Lee Childs, Judy Finnigan and Helen Lederer.

The festival will take place from April 23 to 26, when attendees will be invited to hear authors speak in a number of intimate venues in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire (David Cameron owns a house in the vicinity), including The Theatre, Town Hall and 16th Century pub The Chequers.

As well as talks by the authors, a varied programme of events over the course of the festival will include creative writing workshops, performance poetry and a literary quiz. www.chiplitfest.com. www.experiencechippingnorton.com

Dakota parties at Dior in Paris

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson recently flew to Paris to attend Christian Dior's ready-to-wear autumn-winter show as a part of Paris Fashion Week. Yet if you missed this fashion spectacular, what other delights does The City of Light have to offer this spring?

The Paris Marathon attracts runners from all over the world, offering them a chance to take in some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the Champs-Elysees and Place de la Bastille when the race takes place on Sunday April 12.

Paris's massive Foire du Trone at the Pelouse de Reuilly has roots stretching back to the 12th century, and the event has grown to become Europe's largest temporary fun fair, which attracts around five million visitors each year, and this year will run from March 27 to May 25.

Saut Hermes at the Grand Palais runs from Friday April 10 to Sunday April 12, and is an international show-jumping competition. www.toparistoday.com

Stay in touch with your furry friend

Pet lovers can find leaving their furry friends at home while they go on holidays a traumatic experience, even if they're leaving them in the care of someone they trust.

But now, Petcube Camera allows you to stay connected to your pets when you're on the road. It allows pet-owners to watch, talk and play with their pet from their smartphone, no matter where they are.

The 138-degrees wide angle camera is housed in a sleek aluminium box, and is iOS- and Android-compatible. A two-way audio stream using a built-in microphone and speaker, allows a pet lover to talk to their animal.

The interactive pet camera also comes with standard mounting bracket, and costs approximately €190. www.petcube.com

Survive eating solo on a sun hol

Eenmaal, a Dutch solo dining pop-up restaurant, is the brainchild of Dutch businesswoman Marina Van Goor. Yet if you're travelling alone elsewhere - like Rowan Atkinson in Mr Bean's Holiday - and can't find a specialist restaurant for a solo diner, what to do?

Chris Guillebeau, a traveller and writer, has come up with some tips. 1. Bring something to do - a laptop or book. Don't just sit there and stare at others eating. 2. Be friendly to the maître d as he/she will be more likely to take care of you. 3. Sit at the bar or a table-you'll get a table quicker, yet it should be your choice. 4. Tip well when the service is good. www.chrisguillebeau.com

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