Gareth Williams' naked body was found in a holdall in his London flat

Family fear cover-up over MI6 spy whose body was found in bag

Relatives of the MI6 spy found dead in a locked holdall have spoken out about the family's anguish over the unsolved death as they prepare for the inquest on Monday.

A bathhouse in Kabul, Afghanistan

Clean living, Afghan style: Bathtime in Kabul

With few homes in Afghanistan featuring their own private bathrooms, communal bathing is popular enough to support more than 250 public facilities in the capital, Kabul, alone.

Book Of A Lifetime: Wise Blood, By Flannery O'Connor

I must have been reading a run of unsurprising novels because at some point in my early forties, 'Wise Blood' by Flannery O'Connor woke me up. Hazel Motes, the main character, carves a chasm through the book and I followed him through. I pursued Asa Hawkes, the blind preacher, and shunned Enoch Emery, the 18-year-old zoo-keeper obsessed with the preserved corpse in the town museum.

Sale Sharks and Bath set for Heineken Cup qualification face-off

Sale Sharks and Bath will continue their quest for the one remaining prize available to them this season when they clash at Edgeley Park tomorrow night.

Craig: I've been hurt by Bath's decline

Bruce Craig, the extremely wealthy owner of a Bath club struggling to string together two decent halves of rugby, let alone two winning performances, is hard on the heels of a new head coach capable of restoring the team's credibility as one of the major powers in the English game. He is also seeking renewed support from the poor souls who have paid to watch the side over recent months – if not outright forgiveness.

Ian McGeechan

Ian McGeechan set to leave Bath

Bath have confirmed that rugby director Sir Ian McGeechan will leave the club at the end of this season.

Ready To Wear: These hats are so lovely they could quite turn your head

The season is almost upon us and all those interested in hats – and there's no better time of year to celebrate their flamboyancy, of course – might like to pay a visit to the genteel city of Bath for inspiration.

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL: The centre completed 80 minutes for Leinster in their win over Munster

Round-Up: O'Driscoll's Leinster master Munster

The most interesting result on Saturday was Leinster's 18-9 win over Munster, at Thomond Park in the evening. That second win in Limerick since 1995 kept the European champions 10 points clear in the RaboDirect Pro12 and tuned them up nicely for this weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-finals, in which they play Cardiff Blues and Munster face Ulster, both at home. Brian O'Driscoll continued his return after a shoulder operation, without any problems.

Chantecaille jasmine and lily healing mask

How to be beautiful: The best face masks

It takes a certain level of dedication to manage a regular face mask. For some, the idea borders on the ridiculous; lounging around slathered in inch-thick goo (presumably while painting your nails, talking on the telephone and eating pink bonbons) is just a bit 1950s starlet. Vanity never goes out of fashion, of course, but these days indulging it needs to take a shorter, snappier form.

Haag slams 'unacceptable' Bath display as Saints channel their anger

Bath 6 Northampton Saints 26

Ryan Mills signs new Gloucester deal

Gloucester have announced England Under-20 back Ryan Mills has signed a new deal at Kingsholm.

Mad Dog turns mentor: Moody to try coaching

A shoulder injury has forced the fearless flanker and former England captain to call it quits. He tells James Corrigan what's next
After 71 caps over 16 years Lewis Moody has retirement plans

Lewis Moody: Flanker to try his hand at coaching after body says enough is enough

A shoulder injury has forced 'Mad Dog' to call it quits. He talks to James Corrigan

Ross Samson of London Irish clears from the base of a ruck during his team's defeat by Wasps

Launchbury and Daly offer hope to Wasps

London Wasps 18 London Irish 13: Youngsters' efforts and boot of Robinson edge former champions further from the drop zone

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker elope from their nursing home in 'Cloudburst'

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