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

The Bargain Hunter: Nibbles to satisfy cravings ...

If you've decided to exercise a bit of restraint during Lent you could do worse than to head over to Food Doctor, where craving-satisfying nibbles can be found at wallet-friendly prices. Check out the full range of bargain books and snacks at ind.pn/FoodDoc

Tips and deals of the week: 06/03/2011

The hotel

Opening tomorrow, The Frogmore Hotel near Cheltenham. Snap up its introductory offer of £49 per room per night.

Go to bespokehotels.com

On The Road: Eggs over easy in the Caribbean

Sarah Cameron in Dominica

The Bargain Hunter: Beach breaks for 40% off

Virgin Holidays is offering up to 40 per cent off beach breaks booked before 15 February. The savings are on mostly non-European breaks, with the biggest savings to be found on islands in the Caribbean or Indian Ocean. For instance, seven nights at the Palms Resort in Barbados are available for just £485 per person, while a seven night half-board stay at the Coin de Mire hotel in Mauritius is just £899 per person. Both trips include return flights.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Just another day in paradise

In the necklace of islands that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines, picture-postcard beaches and encounters with turtles are simply part of life

The Feral Beast: Blue times at the Beeb

It wasn't just the airwaves that turned blue on Monday when Today programme presenter James Naughtie became tongue-tied and mispronounced the surname of the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt; an error quickly repeated by Andrew Marr.

Rising sea level threatens 'hundreds' of Caribbean resorts, says UN report

Rising sea levels caused by climate change are set to cause damage of billions of dollars to the islands states of the Caribbean by the middle of the century, including wiping out more than 300 premium tourist resorts, a remarkable new report suggested yesterday.

Lara backs Australia to pile on pressure

Legend believes home advantage will be key – and a battle of pace not spin

David Thompson: London-born politician who became Prime Minister of Barbados

A career which looked certain to last many years at the highest levels of Barbados politics has been cut short by the premature death of David Thompson, politician and lawyer. Cancer carried him off at the age of 48, after less than three years as Prime Minister of the Caribbean island, the sixth person to hold that post since it gained its independence.

How to do Barbados on a budget

You don't have to be part of the Sandy Lane set to enjoy this dazzling Caribbean island, says Sara Humphreys

Michael Winner: 'The people who hate me just don't get the joke'

The snappily dressed director of 34 films, who flits between London, LA and Barbados, is 75 this week. But still, at heart, he's shy, he says. Matthew Bell meets Michael Winner

Travel By Numbers: Caribbean cruising

Desperate to drift away this winter? Hannah Capella counts up the opportunities

48 Hours In: Barbados

Whether you seek exclusive resorts or seaside shacks, this coral island offers plenty to fill a short break.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Frank Warren's Ringside

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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