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Living in Battersea: everything you need to know

The US embassy's scheduled move to Nine Elms sparked huge change in Battersea. The Northern line extension will see two new stations, while Battersea Power Station is at the heart of an £8 billion redevelopment delivering 4,000 homes, a riverside park and a new high street in the next 10 years.

The British Virgin Islands: not just for billionaires

Less American than the Bahamas and less British than Barbados, the British Virgin Islands are popular with the likes of Larry Page, Richard Branson, the Beckhams and Daniel Craig. If you are an island virgin, Tortola has much more affordable homes to offer.

Wireless home gadgets

The latest rechargeable batteries and low-energy LED lights are creating a wireless world of portable furniture, lighting, audio, household tools - and even vacuum cleaners