Sport July 1908: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand in action during the tennis championships at Wimbledon

Before there was Federer, Borg or Laver, even before there was Lacoste, there was Anthony Wilding.

Phelps heads to Wigan

Canterbury have released their utility back, Cameron Phelps, so that he can join Wigan next month. The 24-year-old wing or centre will play his last game for the Bulldogs against Cronulla on Monday.

Leading Article: A very welcome burst of honesty

The public debut of Chris Parry, the new chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, the umbrella body for most of the independent schools, will be remembered as the time everyone had to sit up and take notice of the elephant in the room.

You write the reviews: Show of Hands, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

The mighty English roots duo Show of Hands attracted a loyal audience of cutthroats, crooks and conmen to their show at London's Bloomsbury Theatre. "Is there anything left in England that's not for sale?" blasted the band's front man and singer-songwriter, Steve Knightley, flanked by the multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and the pair's regular guest, the fiery-haired Miranda Sykes, on double bass.

Potter's St Helens move disappoints Catalans

St Helens have appointed Mick Potter as their new head coach to replace Daniel Anderson next season.

Lightspeed Champion, The Joiners, Southampton<br/>Glasvegas, UCCA, Canterbury

He's super, he's furry, but he's not much of an animal: Devonte Hynes doesn't do sex or booze &ndash; but he did reinvent rock'n'roll

Black Kids, UCCA, Canterbury

"I've underestimated my charm again," Reggie Youngblood sings. It's a mistake which must be hard to make at the moment, as his band Black Kids (named to be "provocative but innocuous, like Sex Pistols") fill 2008's Next Big Thing lists. Swept up in the current novel-sounding methods of hype (a free MySpace download EP, and ecstatic blogs after one New York gig stuffed with journalists), Youngblood has admitted to being taken aback by the attention. This Jacksonville, Florida band have after all played perhaps a dozen shows, and have yet to record an album. Their first UK headlining gig, though, in a small but packed Kent student club, is such a joyous rush that the music business machinations surrounding it cease to matter.

Leading article: No decent law allows coercion

"You can barely use the word sharia because of what people associate with it." How right Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, turned out to be. The idea of finding "a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law", of which he spoke in a BBC Radio 4 interview last week, is one that triggered a reaction not wholly related to his actual words. But if he knew that sharia was a word susceptible to misunderstanding, surely he should have known how important it was for him to be clear.

Archbishop of Canterbury warns sharia law in Britain is inevitable

The Archbishop of Canterbury provoked a chorus of criticism yesterday by predicting that it was "unavoidable" that elements of Islamic sharia law would be introduced in Britain.

Racing: Afsoun hint to Fitzgerald

Two promising Haydock winners may prompt jockey to rethink retirement plans

Andy Kershaw: The band played there because the students were very professional

The legendary Live at Leeds gig was 10 years before my time. I was at junior school when The Who played the Refectory. But as ents officer for the Leeds University student union between 1980 and 1982, I was acutely aware of the place's great rock history and the standards which were there to maintain.

Reverend Run: Pray this way

He brought rap to the masses. Now, Reverend Run is bringing family values to TV. Gill Pringle meets an unlikely minister

Wal-Mart seeks to leave blues behind with a song and dance

If the Stock Arranging Blues are the only morale problem affecting Wal-Mart's 1.8 million employees, then the retailer's army of critics is doomed in its campaign against alleged poverty wages and poor working conditions.

McCarthy &amp; Stone shares leap on bid approaches

McCarthy & Stone, the builder which dominates the retirement home sector, admitted yesterday it had received takeover approaches. The company's shares leapt 15 per cent to 907.5p, valuing it at £932m. Analysts said a successful bid could value the builder at 950p a share, or £975m.

NYSE-Euronext merger 'a blow against French protectionism'

The long-awaited $20bn (£11bn) merger of equals between Euronext and the New York Stock Exchange, to form the world's first transatlantic stock exchange, might break down barriers between corporate Europe and America, the head of the NYSE said yesterday.

Sandy Crombie: There's life after demutualisation for the man who likes the odd twirl

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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