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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

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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

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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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