Sport Shining example: Dan Carter sports the cap he received for making his 100th Test appearance

His eye an egg, Chris Robshaw convinced as the vanquished captain, but looking around the pitch at the close, having briefly led the best team in the world, there was vindication as well as the scars.

Turner's prize Bulls go in search of credibility

FA CUP COUNTDOWN: Spurs' visit to Edgar Street on Saturday will severely test the ambitions of their manager, Phil Shaw reports

Leading Article: Portillo puts his foot in it again

Even for Michael Portillo it was a bit rich. Yesterday he accused Emma Nicholson of a "history of disloyalty" and accused her of stabbing Margaret Thatcher in the back. The man who has probably done more than any other politician to undermine John Major's leadership dared to tar another with his brush.

How much would you pay to go to the V&A?

Alan Borg, the new director of the V&A, suggests that most visitors could afford a pounds 10 entry fee. We put this to people visiting the museum this week (for free)

Motty's bons mots and the curse of Sitton

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The times of their lives

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End of the sick parrot, enter the cuddly toy

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C4 criticised over football manager's swearing

CHANNEL 4 faced criticism from the Broadcasting Standards Council yesterday for repeating a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Graham Taylor, the former England football manager, in which he used the word 'fuck' 38 times.

Expletive defeated

THE Broadcasting Standards Council upheld complaints over Channel 4's repeating of a fly- on-the-wall documentary, Graham Taylor - The Impossible Job, about the former England football manager, in which he used the word 'fuck' 38 times.

Football: The knight of the deep pockets: As a new Endsleigh League season opens, Ian Ridley meets a fervent benefactor who has put Wolves at the door of the Premiership

TO PARAPHRASE Damon Runyon's paraphrasing of the Bible, the race is not always to the physically strong and the fiscally rich (to whit, Derby County). But it's a safe way to bet (Blackburn Rovers). Which is why Wolverhampton Wanderers have been installed as favourites for promotion to the Premiership from the Endsleigh League First Division.

Bulger programmes come under attack

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Football: Venables faces a leading question: Eamon Dunphy believes the England coach must choose his captain carefully

FOR A variety of reasons, the stunning ineptitude of his predecessor being the most compelling of them, nobody is expecting miracles from Terry Venables. As the Venables era begins, England expects nothing more than a team that is coherent, coached by a man who can speak the Queen's English for purposes other than self-justification. Of course, expectations will soon be revised, upwards, but for now most in the game and on its critical fringe seem content, even a shade optimistic, that the identity crisis which has long afflicted the England team is about to be no more.

Football: The inheritance of alienation: Terry Venables names his first England squad tomorrow. Norman Fox sees parallels with the past

TERRY VENABLES had just returned from watching Paul Gascoigne play in Italy. The plane had been half full of pressmen assigned to watch his every move - Venables', not Gascoigne's. No problem. Having run a club called Scribes, he already had a lot of them on his side. He reckons he understands the press and he was not a bit taken in when someone complimented him on his good public relations. 'That's easy when you 'aven't played your first match. ' Pragmatism and dropped H's reminiscent of Sir Alf Ramsey himself.

Education: Maths with a fraction of the heartache

IN THE staffroom of St Ann's primary school, Tottenham, north London, Graham Taylor, a maths specialist, is showing fellow teachers some workbooks chosen from his class of nine-year-olds. Can anyone guess, he asks, which child had most teacher-time in maths and which had least? The reply is unanimous.

Sports Letter: Real embarrassment

Sir: The horror of Monday night's Cutting Edge documentary on the last 18 months of Graham Taylor's reign lay not so much in his liberal use of the F-word but in the portrayal of a management team driven by sentimentality and self-pity while lacking any sign of intellectual rigour or common sense. The conversations between Taylor, his players and his management team reeked of nothing more elevated than the squabbling and chivvying of a group of 14-year- olds in a school playground.
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness