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Mark Cavendish (right) with Sky team-mate Bernie Eisel in Doha

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A widely hoped-for debut victory for his new squad, Sky, in 2012 could probably not have been further from Mark Cavendish's mind during yesterday's stage of the Tour of Qatar, with the reigning world champion still suffering badly from the after-effects of a fever-inducing bug caught during his flight out to the Middle East.

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Jonathan Wilson, The Scala, London

“Love it is an apple core, before the fruit was beautiful, now it is a circle, life and death a circle, the circle is a cadence,” Jonathan Wilson maintains on the languid hippie anthem “Gentle Spirit”. You dig? He digs us. He tells us so.

An Honourable Man, By Gillian Slovo

Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians announced that Gordon of Khartoum was not that eminent after all. Nearly a century later, Gillian Slovo's novel confirms the General's membership of the Great British Walking Disaster Brigade. As with her co-authored play Guantánamo and Ice Road, her novel about the siege of Leningrad, An Honourable Man is a fiction populated by real people caught up in historical events. Again we are in a siege, this time of Khartoum in the Sudan, threatened by the Dervish followers of the Mahdi, a mad, mystical leader.

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Saeed Ajmal’s figures of 10 for 97 in the First Test give Pakistan the early advantage

England must fight their fear of Ajmal

Pakistan off-spinner's threat can be countered with a more positive mindset

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A billionaire pal of the Clintons has bought the elite chain of private members clubs

Djemaa el Fna, central Marrakech, has entertainment every evening

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City Slicker: Marrakech - The most exotic place you can reach within three hours from Britain? Amar Grover offers tips for new and returning visitors

Album: Tunng, This Is Tunng... Live from the BBC (Full Time Hobby) (3/5)

Collating Tunng's various radio sessions for shows helmed by such as Rob Da Bank, Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley, This Is Tunng... presents their nu-folk-rock at something close to optimum, in performances which sparkle with spontaneity.

Gap between rich and poor is still growing, study finds

Nearly 75 per cent of the world's poor live in middle-income countries where their fellow citizens' wealth is growing, a study shows.

Asti Hustvedt's 'Medical Muses' is a study of 19th century hysterics who performed bizarre floor shows under the instruction of the famed neurologist, Jean-Martin Charcot.

Book of the year... the one you wouldn't lend

What would be the one book from 2011 that you wouldn't lend out, for fear of never getting it back? Last week, we ran a nine-page spread in The Independent's Arts and Books section in which we gave our pick of the best, most memorable books of the year. Maybe you agreed with our choices, or maybe our list had you fuming at inclusions or omissions.

A child plays in the Bedouin town of Alsra

The Bedouin vs Israel's bulldozers

As Jewish settlers move into the desert to make it 'bloom', an ancient way of life is under threat. In Alsra, Catrina Stewart speaks to Arab families on the fault line

David Prosser: The chief executive who set an example

Outlook It is easy enough to throw mud at fat-cat executives who desert a sinking ship with generouspay-offs – and goodness knows there have been enough of them over the past couple of years – so we should be gracious on the odd occasion when someone does the right thing. Step forward Jamie Buchan, chief executive of Southern Cross.

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