Sport Monty Panesar bowls in the nets at Adelaide as Alastair Cook looks on

Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.

A matter of black and white

Why should any book be segregated as 'Black Writing'? It is characters that matter, not skin colour, writes Yvvette Edwards

Picture this: Fun for all in Antigua

A resident children's book illustrator helps bring a Caribbean beach resort to life for Jane Anderson and her family.

Berlusconi's extravagance is good news for starlets

It is said the rich stay rich by never spending anything. Italy's playboy premier Silvio Berlusconi is very rich indeed. But while you might accuse him of various vices – as Milan's prosecutors are currently doing – parsimony isn't one of them.

Plans afoot to boost sailing interest

The battle to increase the worldwide fan base for grand prix sailing has kicked off this week in, of all places, the Middle East Sultanate of Oman. The visit at the same time by prime minister David Cameron was in no way related.

Stanford sues FBI agents – and the US government

Allen Stanford, the Texan financier who bankrolled English cricket before being arrested on fraud charges in 2009, has launched a $7.2bn (£4.5bn) lawsuit against officials of the US government, saying they wrecked his business empire and left him with only the suit he was wearing – all before he had even had a chance to defend himself in court.

Tips and deals of the week: 23/01/2011

Cheap flights to the Caribbean

Thomson Airways is offering direct flights from Manchester to La Romana in the Dominican Republic, from the rock-bottom price of £299, including taxes. The flight to the Caribbean island departs 6 February.

Go to thomson.co.uk/flights

Legal endgame looms over remains of Stanford empire

A monumental legal battle over the liquidation of the business empire of alleged fraudster Sir Allen Stanford will come to a head in the Caribbean courts this month.

Honours List: Commonwealth

If you try really hard, you can capsize both ways at once

A new resort, specialising in sailing, opened on Antigua this year. But could it make sea dogs out of landlubber Lisa Markwell and her family?

Eric Clapton to sell off guitars

Music legend Eric Clapton is to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection - including one he played on stage with Cream - to raise hundreds of thousands for his rehab clinic.

A forecast for Nevis? Sunshine

Rain or shine, this tiny fragment of the Caribbean is the perfect place for a relaxing family holiday

Travel Agenda: Pavillon des Lettres; Kendal Mountain Film Festival; Carlisle Bay resort, Antigua

Today: The Pavillon de la Reine in Paris has a new sibling. The Pavillon des Lettres is a new hotel with 26 rooms that each take on a letter of the alphabet. Set a short stroll from foodie-hub, Place de la Madeleine, the hotel features sleek, understated design (pavillondeslettres.com).

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