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PFA chief answers critics

Gordon Taylor, the Professional Footballers' Association chief executive, has claimed the Premier League do not feel homophobia in football is a big issue. Taylor also denied that players had refused to appear in an anti-homophobia DVD, saying none had been asked because the time was not right.

Album: Schubert, Die Schone Mullerin, (Orchid Classics)

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook’s reading of Schubert’s earlier song cycle is more conventional than Padmore and Lewis’s Winterreise.

Dr Roddy O'Donnell: Sometimes doing more leads to more misery

Paediatric intensive care is an environment cloistered and away from normal experience. Few children and their families suffer the misfortune and enormous burden that comes with being there. Parents acutely feel the loss of control that comes from not being able to undertake the normal cares that their child needs. It's a stew of anxiety and awkward politeness with people a family doesn't know. A team of strangers undertakes to protect their child's life, to make them better. That is supposed to be the deal isn't it? But parents at the bedside can see that intensive care is invasive and unpleasant. The experience can drive a wedge between the most devoted couples.

So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald, ed Terence Dooley

"There was never any distance between Penelope and the page," writes Terence Dooley, introducing the distinguished writer's letters to her children, lovers, friends, publishers and fellow writers. Indeed, raw emotions, from gaiety to anxiety, shine from these pages. Except for the hole in the middle of the collection (her family's houseboat sunk and with it those letters detailing her child-bearing years), they show the dramatic arc of her life, through early success, a career as literary editor, destitution, and upwards again.

PFA bid to tackle homophobia

Gordon Taylor has confirmed the Professional Footballers' Association are working with the Football Association on a campaign to tackle homophobia within the sport.

Lars von Trier, women and me

Is 'Antichrist' anti-women? Heidi Laura, the controversial new film's official 'Misogyny Consultant', has the last word

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Jeremy Laurance: Too much information can be bad

Being told you have a life-threatening condition is no joke. The disease may be harmful, but so can the knowledge that you have it.

Towards Another Summer, By Janet Frame

Considered too autobiographical to be published in her lifetime (she died in 2004), Janet Frame's 1963 novel is narrated by Grace Cleve, a "self-styled" writer from New Zealand.

Growing pains end reign for Robson

The raw talent and mentality is demonstrably in place, but Laura Robson yesterday had a painful reminder that these assets must still be harnessed to her physical development. Still only 15, Robson surrendered her girls' singles title when a back injury contributed to her third-round defeat by Quirine Lemoine, of the Netherlands.

Wimbledon girls' singles: Buzzing Robson takes sting out of poor Peers

Laura Robson's only moment of anxiety in cruising into the last 16 of the girls' singles came at match point. In backing away fretfully, however, Britain's nascent star was not disclosing a sudden fragility in her temperament – merely eluding the attentions of a persistent wasp. Once able to give the matter due attention, however, she once again worked poor Sally Peers to and fro across the baseline until smearing one last forehand beyond her reach. She had required just 63 minutes to win 6-3, 6-2.

Can lack of sleep drive you mad?

Disturbed nights and mental illness have always been linked. Now research shows insomnia is not just a symptom, but a cause

Kaufman blames 'obsessive disorder'

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman yesterday blamed a self-diagnosed "obsessive compulsive disorder" for making bizarre and extravagant claims on the public purse including £8,865 for a 40in LCD Bang & Olufsen television.

Amol Rajan: Does Cameron understand poverty?

The most revealing part of Ginny Dougary's extended profile of David Cameron from Saturday's Times is worth interrogation. Cameron is obsessed to the point of neurosis about his media image, and was concerned that the start of this ought not to make the final cut. That's a good reason for reproducing it.

On The Road - High anxiety, but Roche still rocks

Now this is what I call a change of perspective. In my former natural habitat, I resided at sea level, eyes fixed on the horizon or on weather charts, searching out waves and coming to life with each new swell. However, I got bored with waiting for the waves and the adventure to come to me so there had to be a sea change.

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