Voices

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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there