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The  story of a primary-school teacher, Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and wounded during the Easter 1916 uprising, has rightly caught the eye of Dublin journalists

Chris Robshaw: The Harlequins captain showed he can make good decisions under pressure

Robshaw adds 'cool' to England captain CV

Harlequins 20 Gloucester 14

Foden fires to cut Quins down to size

Northampton 24 Harlequins 3

Matt Hopper of Harlequins scores a try against Wasps at Adams Park yesterday

England duty may beckon for Quins' quality quartet

Wasps 16 Harlequins 22

Quins stay affirmative with 'yes' man O'Shea

Gloucester 9 Harlequins 28

Evans runs riot for Quins but Sharks still have bite

Harlequins 48 Sale Sharks 41

Blame my errors for lack of points, says Tindall

Not that his wonderfully crooked hooter would allow it, but Mike Tindall was not about to let his nose grow by fibbing. Two weeks after marrying into the royal family, England's captain took responsibility for his team's failure. "It was my error that we should have taken a few more points in the first half," he said. "Our completion rate was not good enough."

Album: Heinz Holliger, JS Bach: Konzerte und Sinfonien Für Oboe (ECM New Series)

J S Bach used the oboe to originally voice many of the most famous instrumental passages in his cantatas and orchestral works, but these origins were all too often obscured by his later revisions of these pieces for other instruments – a process reversed here by Heinz Holliger in a pair of exquisite oboe Sinfonia culled from a cantata and the Easter Oratorio, both reconstituted for a small string ensemble and harpsichord supporting the oboe.

Nick Easter happy with tough World Cup pool

Nick Easter is satisfied England's pool at the World Cup will leave the team sufficiently battle hardened for the knockout stages.

Thorntons store cull puts 750 jobs at risk

Thorntons will close up to half its stores, over the next three years, putting 750 jobs at risk, in the latest drastic action by one of Britain's embattled retailers.

Investment Column: IG needs to deliver on promise of growth

Halfords; PZ Cussons

Clavics by Geoffrey Hill

Discords and distractions

GDP and long weekend give a shorting chance

The best punt of the week could come on Friday when traders are likely to wind down their positions ahead of the long weekend. Going short on the Footsie could yield a decent return, though you need to keep a weather eye on other factors affecting the index.

Next sales get a boost from Royal Wedding and Easter

Royal wedding fever and the Easter sun helped Next post a surprise jump in sales and saw the clothing retailer raise profit forecasts for the full year.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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