Sport England opener Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia

England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

Barbados, Cape Town, Las Vegas

Now... Barbados Bliss

British Airways Holidays has a week's break at the Dover Beach Hotel in Barbados (room only), a short drive from Bridgetown. The deal includes flights from Gatwick on 3 Sept for £674pp. Britishairways.com

Independent blogger rescued after boat overturns in Atlantic

Six men have been saved from drowning after their boat capsized as they were days away from entering the record books as the first crew to row across the Atlantic in a month.

Spain and Sri Lanka are cheapest breaks, shows survey

Britons looking for winter sun will find their spending money going considerably further in Spain and Sri Lanka than the Caribbean or Australia, a cost comparison survey showed today.

(Front, left to right) Will Dixon, Neil Heritage, Rory Mackenzie; (back) Carl Anstey, Ed Janvrin, Alex Mackenzie

Outside Edge: Awesome oarsmen in deep trouble

Everybody's doing tests of endurance these days. Am I being left behind?

Travel Agenda: London's West End; Papaya Playa; low-cost Caribbean; Inghams' winter ski programme; Disneyland Paris Express

Today: The West End of London welcomes Christmas shoppers. Oxford Street and Regent Street are closed to traffic this weekend, opening up the roads to pedestrians (westendvip.com). Meanwhile in Tulúm on Mexico's Mayan Riviera, Design Hotels is hosting a pop-up beach camp of 99 rustic-chic cabanas. Papaya Playa is open to guests until 5 May 2012 (papayaplayaproject.com).

Combat the New Year blues with a week on the beach in Barbados

Fuerteventura, Barbados, Borneo

Now...Canary call

The island of Fuerteventura makes for an ideal winter sun escape. Thomas Cook will fly you out from Birmingham a week from today – Wednesday 14 December – for a seven-night stay at the Rio Calma Hotel on the Costa Calma. The package costs £425 per person with half-board accommodation. Thomascook.com

My Life In Travel: Lisa Snowdon, model and presenter

'Bali turned out to be a pretty magical trip'

Round-up: Cardiff loses West Indies Test after payment delay

Cardiff's future as a Test venue is in doubt after one of next summer's three West Indies Test matches, originally awarded to the Welsh ground, was put back out to tender. The decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board opens the door for Lord's to host the contest, a move that will please both cricket's money men and the touring party.

Jack Warner will not meet Fifa investigators

Suspended Fifa vice-president Jack Warner says he has no plans to meet investigators probing bribery allegations.

Stay the night: The Atlantis, Barbados

Far from the glitz of Sandy Lane, Emily Dugan enjoys superb Bajan food and hospitality at this refurbished boutique hotel

The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire and War, By Matthew Parker

The historian Arcinegas once wrote that the discovery of the New World was as significant as the passing from the third to the fourth day in Genesis. And, as Matthew Parker documents in The Sugar Barons, for 200 years after 1650 it was the wild and lawless islands of the Caribbean, not the more prosaic settlements of the North American mainland, where the drama of that eventful age unfolded. The West Indies, Parker points out, "held out the promise of freedom and opportunities for social mobility unknown in Europe".

Ten Top: Active Family Breaks

1 Barbados: From 2 to 26 August, the Barbados Sports Camp (barbadossportscamp.com), run by the Barbados Tourism Authority (visitbarbados.org), offers free tuition in football, cricket and netball for nine to 17s, by sporting legends such as Gladstone Small.

Stay the night: Tamarind Hotel, Barbados

An elegant refurbishment has transformed this beach hideaway, a perfect place for exploring island and ocean, says Emily Dugan

Harriet Walker: Don't pretend you're putting yourself in our shoes, Ed

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, and all that.

Tips and deals of the week: 13/03/2011

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick