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From the one who “Came to Tea” to Life of Pi, there is a PhD thesis waiting to be written about tigers as a metaphor in fiction. The beast that stalks this unusual Australian literary debut is an imaginary one, but to Ruth, a 75-year-old widow whose two adult sons dutifully watch over her from homes abroad, he’s terrifyingly real. At night she wakes to hear him prowling her isolated beach house in New South Wales and wonders if she’s losing her mind.

Status Quo go rockin' all over the screen

Rock veterans Status Quo are to enjoy a career resurgence with two feature films celebrating 50 years of heads-down boogie.

Robinson full of 'positivity' after third win

Head coach Andy Robinson believes Scotland can build on a successful summer tour in their tough autumn Test schedule.

Harley strikes late to ensure Scotland remain unbeaten

Samoa 16 Scotland 17

Wilkinson misses out on title

In a poor advertisement for French rugby on Saturday night, Toulouse won the domestic title for a record 19th time, beating Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon 18-12 in a dour but ferociously-contested match at Stade de France in Paris.

Status Quo to star on silver screen

Status Quo are swapping gold discs for the silver screen - by launching a movie career.

Lloyd Burns may need surgery after announcing retirement

Wales international Lloyd Burns is facing the possibility of heart surgery after being forced to retire from rugby. forced

Stuart Lancaster's appointment should mean English rugby is in safe hands

James Lawton: Lancaster has earned the senior role

So now, naturally, English rugby union agonises over whether Stuart Lancaster should have been thanked, patted on his head and sent on his way with his pail of water and cleaning utensils.

Kiribati islanders plan to move en masse to Fiji to flee rising seas

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving to Fiji.

Gloucester sign Australian international hooker Huia Edmonds

Gloucester have announced the signing of Australia international hooker Huia Edmonds.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 16 February 2012

Losses leave bitter taste at Thorntons

No new deal for Steadman

Graham Steadman's contract as Scotland defence coach will not be renewed at the end of the season. The Scottish Rugby Union is refusing to comment, but it is understood that the 50-year-old will not remain in the post after his deal expires.

Bryan Habana issues warning to South Africa rivals

South Africa today began the final week of preparation before launching their world title defence, with star wing Bryan Habana declaring: "We are here for business."

Global gathering needs Fiji and Samoa to come to the party

Big performances from the South Seas countries would add an extra edge to World Cup that has competitive pools and punishing schedules for the home nations

KFC exits Fiji after Colonel's secret recipe is quarantined

Colonel Sanders appears to have met his match in Fiji, with KFC closing all three of its outlets on the Pacific island after the food-safety agency slapped the restaurant chain's top-secret herbs and spices blend in quarantine.

Letter from the editor: The inspiration I'm missing

So this is how my day goes. I ask my colleagues what they think I should write about today, hoping that they’ll supply the inspiration I’m missing.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain