Sport Pitch perfect: Cliff Morgan was a rugby legend as player and commentator

Cliff Morgan, who died last week, will live long in the memory for his eloquence and principles

Great Britain players celebrate winning the Women's Volleyball Preliminary match between Great Britain and Algeria

Volleyball: Team GB women thrilled with opening victory over Algeria at Earls Court

After six years of hard work, Britain's women volleyballers have won the nation's first Olympic event.

Volleyball: Russia survive Dominican fright

World champions Russia were given an almighty scare by the Dominican Republic before claiming their second win of the Games yesterday.

Chelsea will preserve Battersea Power Station's iconic towers

Abramovich insists Chelsea's Battersea plan is self-funded

Chelsea's prospective move to the Battersea Power Station site will not be bankrolled by the club's owner Roman Abramovich, who is not planning to make up any shortfall on funds earned by the potential redevelopment of Stamford Bridge to finance the new project.

US basketball strike costs Compass

The 149-day strike by US basketball stars this autumn disrupted more than just the NBA season: Compass, the world's biggest caterer, yesterday admitted the lock-down would cost it £30m this year.

The bugle heard by British cavalrymen as they thundered into Russian gunfire

Sound of Light Brigade to be heard again

The bugle heard by British cavalrymen as they thundered into Russian gunfire during the Charge of the Light Brigade is to be sounded once again.

Would you sell so Chelsea can quit the Bridge?

Chelsea have announced that they will ask the 12,000 shareholders of Chelsea Pitch Owners to sell back the freehold of the pitch and four stands to the club in order that – should the decision to build a new stadium be taken – they can sell the Stamford Bridge site.

Investment Column: L&G provides shelter from the storms

Ferrexpo; Capital & Counties Properties

MCDC in £250m data centre deal

Matterhorn Capital, former owner of Earls Court and Olympia, has invested £250m in two sites in South-east England through its data centre division MCDC. The sites, in Bury Green, Hertfordshire, and Chesham, Buckinghamshire, will house more than 180,000 sq ft of data hall space.

Travel Agenda: TNT Travel Show; Westfield Mall; Virgin Atlantic; Mr C in Los Angeles; Air Europa

Today: Visit the TNT Travel Show at Earls Court 2 in London, which has all manner of backpacker ideas – and costs only £1 admission, which you can avoid completely by booking online (tnttravelshow.com). Close by, the giant Westfield Mall hosts Greece – part of the premises is being turned into a "Greek theme park" for a week, with food, a spa and "archaeological dig" (uk.westfield.com/London).

Win a pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show

50 tickets to be won

The Rev Prebendary Gerard Irvine: High Anglican priest whose ministry encompassed London’s literary world

The success of Gerard Irvine's ministry was due in part to his charm, hospitality and friendship. But underneath these there was a deep devotion to God within an Anglican Catholic framework, and a serious depth of theological learning which never became highbrow or pious. His sermons were clear, relevant and interesting to all. He was aware of, and influenced by, the Second Vatican Council; the only aspect of which he did not adopt was the idea of plain décor.

Madness, Earls Court, London

When I saw Lee Thompson playing the saxophone while flying from the Hammersmith Odeon rafters in 1986, in what was then Madness's last gig, the prospects of them still playing to huge crowds in the 21st century seemed slim. Though one of the greatest British singles bands, their early, boisterous Nutty Boys image had made maturity hard, and the teenage public inexorably left them behind. The 1992 Madstock live show was a model for annual pension-plan reunions, but creative revival stumbled until 2008's fine concept album, The Liberty of Norton Folgate. Madness in 2010 are still selectively nutty, embracing their past with the new comfort of having a future.

Section of Tube to close

A section of the Tube will shut for a month next summer, it was announced today.

Album: Deadmau5, 4x4=12 (Mau5trap/Virgin)

Daft Punk may be dipping their toes in more exalted waters, but the appetite for stompy synth-based dance riffs played by men in face-concealing helmets shows no sign of diminishing, if the forthcoming Earls Court headline gig by Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is anything to go by.

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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
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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
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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
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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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
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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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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