Contributors / Nick Duerden

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Maltese crossing

Malta, the Mediterranean island with a population of 400,000, is booming thanks to EU membership and its adoption of the euro. It’s also perfectly poised to exploit renewed trade with Gaddafi’s Libya.

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Basque in the glory

Thanks to its world-famous museum, Bilbao has become a cultural mecca in just 10 years. But has the Guggenheim improved the lives of the locals or just entertained art-loving tourists? We make an in-depth audit.

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Space plane

He’s one of the world’s greatest product designers, but Marc Newson’s career is really taking off with the news just announced that he is designing a space plane for Eads Astrium. Planned to be ready for 2011, it will raise…

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Two wheels good

Some 58 per cent of all journeys made in Groningen are on a bicycle. And its 180,000 residents own an amazing 300,000 bikes. The small Dutch city is now seen as a living manifesto for how to get people in the saddle. This…

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