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It is approaching that time of the year when you take a backward look and think to yourself: what do I know now that I didn’t know a year ago?

Mumbai's taxi's were offering free rides to the stadium for fans travelling to watch Tendulkar's final match

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Final test sees Little Master turn back the clock

The fall of an Indian wicket on home turf is generally greeted with a profound silence. A little past 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon, however, the packed crowd in the Wankhede Stadium here in his home city of Mumbai broke from that norm and erupted in ecstasy when Murali Vijay was dismissed.

Is verbal and physical abuse in student clubs getting out of hand?

Are we normalising harassment, asks Lucy Anna Gray

Policeman guilty of punching man who spat in his mouth faces sentencing

Pc Rohan Scarlett, 47, was convicted of common assault last month after lashing out at a restrained man he was putting into a police van

Do the kindly Brontosaurus: The prehistoric pose that can get you what you want

Writer Jessica Winter has set the internet abuzz with her suggestion that a prehistoric pose is the ultimate persuasive power. Here, she explains her case – while body language expert Dr Lillian Glass reveals that the humility of the pose makes people receptive

Drink and dribble: 21st century club etiquette

Don't be 'that' person in a club. The wailing drunk mess doesn't do any favours, least of all to attitudes surrounding club manners...

The Tor software system has built a reputation as the 'dark internet' – an ungoverned and seemingly ungovernable space where web users can surf with complete anonymity.

'Active Choice+' vs 'Default On': how Cameron’s crackdown on internet pornography became a rebranding exercise

Government demands firms vocally back its preferred online protection measures

The six backpackers who have been accused of murder in Peru

Prime suspects? Six Australian backpackers accused of Peru murder

They protest their innocence, but have been ordered back to South America ahead of a trial

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff breaks silence over unrest, promising reforms

In a televised address, she also referenced her own struggles against the country's former military junta

Atherton felt compelled to defend his former methods

Sport On TV: Are pundits warned to avoid hard-hitting commentary?

So it wasn’t two o’clock in the morning and he wasn’t wearing a funny wig – that was Lasith Malinga – but how many times has Kumar Sangakkara wound up England now?

Etta Mae Lopez, 31, is kicking her habit by slapping a Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy

Californian finds a slap-up way to quit smoking

Most people would just buy nicotine patches or maybe a Paul McKenna tape, but one California woman took a more dramatic approach to quit smoking.

Nosher Powell: Boxer, actor and Bond stuntman

Nosher Powell: Boxer, actor and Bond stuntman

On the door of a Soho club, he refused the Krays admission; ‘OK, Nosh,’ they said, and walked off

Old and new: a Tower Wing suite

Room Service: Hotel Majestic, Kuala Lumpur

Colonial class with modern luxuries

Rooms with a view: The Caley's exterior

Room Service: The Caledonian, Edinburgh

Parisian chic on Princes Street

A shopping holiday in New York: The city never sleeps - nor did the credit cards

So what you need to do is pack very few clothes, in a small suitcase. Then put that suitcase inside a big, empty suitcase." My sister's silence at the other end of the phone lasts a moment, then the penny drops.

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