Davies can take a firm grip on wicketkeeper's gloves

England's latest new wicketkeeper is Steve Davies. Given the tendency of selectors to expect the men in this position to combine the talents of Don Bradman with the bat and Alan Knott with the gloves, so making Adam Gilchrist seem an underachiever, he ought not to get too comfortable.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: I'll show you sibling rivalry

It sounded too good to be true: "Gloves off! Miliband rounds on his brother." The announcement, issued from my morning radio, caused rather more excitement – so prolonged was its coming – than was, perhaps, advisable. And, like a sucker, I fell for it.

Gardening tools: All you need is a spade, a fork, a trowel and some common sense

It is a wonderful relief to leaf through gardening magazines and realise that there are so many things I don't want. No, it's stronger than that. There are things that, even if they arrived free, shining, and with a five-year guarantee, would still be put straight in the boot of the car and driven to the nearest Oxfam shop. Gadgets and me don't have a long history. I expect them to go wrong and, obligingly, they do.

The Hacker: Lennie claws up snakes and ladders to grab oven gloves

Watching a hacker claw his way to the top against all the odds can bring a tear to the eye and there were a few of those at our winter league presentation supper on Friday night when Lennie Ingram collected the winners' trophy.

Boxing: Pacquiao too classy for Clottey

Manny Pacquiao finally beat a proper welterweight when he hit a static but stoic Joshua Clottey for 12 rounds without hurting him in front of nearly 50,000 at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium here on Saturday night.

Online teachers: the million-scholar video stars

Forget night school or correspondence courses. If you want to learn an instrument or improve your Italian, the web is the place to go. Rhodri Marsden on the success of the hi-tech teachers

Vancouver relief as Bilodeau takes gold

Vancouver exploded in wild celebration and exhaled a huge sigh of relief on Sunday after moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau became the first Canadian to strike Olympic gold at home.

Rupert Cornwell: Snow brings out the best – and worst – in the US

Out of America: There's not much that American politics can't trivialise – even the worst blizzards for 110 years

Gadget of the week - USB heating gloves (£14)

Brrrrrr. Chilly mornings and icy evenings play havoc with the frozen fingers of the average computer user. But help is at hand, as it were, with these mittens-meet-fingerless-gloves which plug in to your USB slot. After five minutes, the internal heating pads warm up by 10 degrees, giving a boost to wintry digits. Then, peel back the tips and your newly warmed mitts are free to type, text and game to your heart’s content. Still shivering? Check out the heated mouse pad and knee warmers also available from this website, devoted to all your USB needs. Usbgeek.com

Simon Carr: Who'd want to be an MP? Certainly not them

Sketch: The second flow of indignation is never as sweet as the first

My View From The Corner, by Angelo Dundee

The name Angelo Dundee is inextricably linked with another, Muhammad Ali. In his 50-plus years in boxing, Dundee has worked as a trainer and corner man with 15 world champions, but his association with Ali, who approached him as a teenage amateur called Cassius Clay, is what has given him fame.

James hopes to follow Zoff's lead

The Italian won the 1982 World Cup aged 40. Now England's goalkeeper is striving to match his hero

Ready to Wear: Unlike with Woody Allen, Peter Jensen’s muses are far from predictable

Playing the muse, we all know, is a risky business. Just look at how quickly Woody Allen cast aside Scarlett Johansson in favour of the bright and beautiful young actress du jour, Freida Pinto, for example. Ms Pinto will be playing the ingénue in the director's new film, by all accounts. Poor Scarlett! Nowhere is any fickleness more marked than in the world of designer fashion, however – well, it's known for that, isn't it?

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