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Toulouse 37 London Irish 17: Noves unleashes cavalry and class to crush Irish sense of adventure

The final 20-point margin gave an accurate reading of a pulsating game which a near-capacity crowd saw turned into an almost 88-minute festival of entertainment, but the 500 or so faithful fans who had come to support the men from the Madejski Stadium could cheer a side going home with heads held high.

Crash dive

Clive Owen's high-flying yuppie falls from grace after a hit-and- run accident in a new BBC drama, `Split Second'

New Films: Bent (18)

Director: Sean Mathias Starring: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger

Arts Awards1997

Kathy Burke emoted in Deptford, cliches collapsed in 'Born to Run', and mi nd-games absorbed Patrick Marber. Our critics commemorate the triumphs - 'The Sweet Hereafter' - and the disasters - 'Merry Wives of Windsor' in t he year in which Radiohead finally delivered the Nineties 'Sergeant Pepper' for the Nineties

Choice: Discussion: Closer, National Theatre

Closer, National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-928 2252) 10pm

THEATRE : Patrick Marber wins hands down

If ever a play lived up to a quote that was included in the programme, it is the National Theatre's production of Patrick Marber's new play, Closer. The paragraph is from Monogamy by the psychotherapist Adam Phillips, and the opening sentence runs: "Infidelity is as much about the drama of truth-telling as it is about the drama of sexuality." I'm not sure Marber fully knows what his new play is about, and he wouldn't be as good a dramatist as he is (and, right now, it looks as if he is the best of his generation) if he did. For Closer touches on a lot that is uncomfortably raw. But in scene after scene, the drama of truth-telling - to use Phillips's phrase - is the building-block.

Clickable flicks

With six new titles in the shops, the mouse-driven interactive movie is here, writes Bradley Borum

BOOK REVIEW / The last generation game: 'The Children of Men' - P D James: Faber, 14.99 pounds

IT'S the year 2021 and re-runs of Neighbours have become something of a cult. The puzzle of the soap's popularity is slightly less impenetrable, though, this time round. The sight of youth (even brainless Antipodean youth of 1990s vintage) is bound to have an intense, nostalgic appeal for the dwindling, ageing population of a planet stricken, since 1995 (the year Omega), with universal human infertility.

BOOK REVIEW / When all agreed to have no more babies: 'The Children of Men' - P D James: Faber, 14.99 pounds

THE YEAR is 2021, a quarter of a century after Omega, when official acknowledgment came that the human race had become sterile, and Theodore Faron, professor of philosophy and history at Oxford University, begins his diary. Part of the new-found drive to preserve and record humanity's last days for posterity or for putative visitors from another planet, it is his personal record of a society without hope of a future.
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?