Gerry Alexander

Further to your obituary of Gerry Alexander (20 April), I was fortunate while at Cambridge to have played in the Caius 1st XI with Gerry in1950 when both Oxbridge University sides were very strong, writes Michael Daly.

Caught & Social: Handle with gloves

While he usually cuts a more dapper figure these days, Sir Elton John showed that the fancy-dress box wasn’t completely shut as he hosted comedy show Saturday Night Live, playing a number of different characters.

Caught & Social: Gloves are off for ‘Punch’ premiere

The cast of Sucker Punch swept into Leicester Square in force last night, like a group of girls on a night out.

Gloves come off in the fight for the soul of ice hockey

The NHL faces calls to ice the mayhem after the latest brawl. Rupert Cornwell reports

My Secret Life: Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cyclist, 30

My parents were... a great support. My dad used to drive me all round the country for races and training, and my mum always ensured I had a packed lunch.

Harriet Walker: 'An act of kindness has forced me to reconsider my New Year resolutions'

At the risk of coming over all Blanche DuBois, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. From the man who once saved me from the escalator's teeth when I fainted on the Underground, to the lady who explained how to work the unfathomable Berlin train ticket-bot without me even asking her, I owe them all a big thank-you.

It may not be pretty but gloves are off for the Boxing Day fight

The Australian angle: Hosts regain their confidence by daring to play trademark confrontational cricket

The gloves finally come off following Fletcher's barbed Ashes appraisal

Reaction to former England coach's view of the 'weakest Baggy Green side for 30 years' reveals frayed nerves Down Under

Dig out those mittens, it's time to get your skates on

About Britain

Ski kit guide: Boots, boards and... bat mitts?

This season's must-have winter equipment should help you stand out on the slopes

The shelf preservation society: How do you ensure precious records and family photos are stored safely?

Have you noticed your valued documents and photographs showing signs of ageing? Organisations such as the Smithsonian Institution, which has thousands of important historical papers and photos in its collection, have to store their pieces with utmost care. As part of American Archives Month, the Smithsonian Institution Archives experts have shared some of their tips on how to look after precious personal records and pictures...

The ten best gloves

Chosen by Harriet Walker

New-born boy dumped among airplane rubbish

As rubbish was carried from a plane that had just landed at Manila's airport, a security officer spied something moving in one of the bags. He opened it, sifted through the rubbish and found a newborn baby wrapped with tissue paper and covered in blood.

The gloves are off as Chris Read opens up

The Nottinghamshire keeper was badly treated by England – and Duncan Fletcher in particular. He talks to Mark Sellek
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015