Sport Chris Jordan appeals for an lbw decision during the first one-dayer against Australia

'It would be quite special, probably a little weird to play against the Windies,' says fast bowler

Capital gains and losses

The Kensington Diet not to your taste? Find out what your regimen says about you, with Eleanor Bailey's guide

Back-to-school reality for mums and dads

In the first of a weekly series, Emma Haughton focuses on a familiar January nightmare: getting back into a routine after the excitement of Christmas. Strangely, she discovers, the return to normality is worse for parents ...

Visual Arts: Portrait of the artist as a young man (going on sixty)

Painter, poet, printmaker, collector, composer, curator, sculptor, singer, translator... At 60, the polymathic Mr Phillips is still just trying to do what he's always done: be an artist as best he can. Profile by Andrew Lambirth

Schools: Public schools, public spirit? Or is it self-interest?

Tony Blair wants to bridge the divide between private and state schools. Assisted places have been axed but what else might the Government want from the independent sector and what are the fee-paying schools willing to offer? Elaine Williams investigates.

Out & About visitors' book

Visitors' Book: St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, southeast London

The Weasel

While Mrs W is occupied with accumulating a haul of brinjal pickle and mint chutney, I strive to insinuate some rather more esoteric items into our basket

Profile: Tessa Jowell - Healthy respect for sense

Focused and able, the new Minister for Public Health is against 'bossy' policies. By Stephen Castle

Baroness Chalker quits Conservative front bench

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, who served as a minister through 18 years of Conservative government, has quit the party's front bench, it was disclosed last night.

Cissy's sensitive sleuth

RAYMOND CHANDLER: A Biography by Tom Hiney, Chatto pounds 16.99

Classical & Opera: Yuri Temirkanov conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben at Leeds Town Hall, tonight at 7.30pm, and at London's Royal Albert Hall, tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Music tends to be the least autobiographical of all the arts. The opening motif of Beethoven's 5th Symphony is said to represent the fate of his encroaching deafness but whatever the initial source of inspiration, an abstract symphonic argument still ensues. Not so, however, for Richard Strauss in his opulent tone poem Ein Heldenleben or A Hero's Life, in which the vividly drawn and larger-than-life hero would seem to be the composer himself.

Assisted places at risk after scheme frozen

Hundreds of new assisted places in private preparatory schools could be thrown into jeopardy because of a civil service freeze on processing them during the election period, independent schools warned yesterday.

Boxing : No stopping Akinwande

HENRY AKINWANDE produced a performance here last night that demands he be taken serious as a heavyweight. Anyone who does not believe in the Dulwich-born fighter's credentials should ask Scott Welch who lost every round on his way to a comprehensive beating.

Letter: Move on, King Richard I

Sir: As a class we have been studying King Richard I and the Crusades. We feel that the public have been misled for generations into believing that he was a hero. People even went so far as to erect a fine equestrian statue of him in front of the Houses of Parliament.

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I spent the other weekend at a house party in rural Nottinghamshire: heartbreakingly beautiful women, wet dogs, badminton lawns, wines that enfolded you in a soft embrace, east wing, west wing, Scarlatti on the spinet, mauve cocktail cigarettes, shiny mahogany commode in the 14th bedroom and scrambled eggs a la Escoffier in the silver chafing dish. It was bliss in a specifically English way. And over the two-and-a-half days I turned into a psychopath.

How do you rewrite a sonnet?

Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London, famous for its exquisite architecture, is due for a revamp. Will they get it right? Jonathan Glancey reports
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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