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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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