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British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

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Peter Victor meets the newly elected MEP Nick Griffin – and asks why the British National Party wants to throw him out of the country

CBSO/Nelsons, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Andris Nelsons knows that Mahler's Second Symphony is inextricably linked with Sir Simon Rattle's time as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Back in his native Latvia, Nelsons more or less grew up with the famous Rattle recording of the Resurrection Symphony but, conducting the work with the CBSO, he talks of "polishing the mosaics in a different way". Polish, however, is exactly what was lacking here. At the same time, you could argue that however much this sprawling performance also lacked depth, Nelsons' dynamic interpretation made up for it in breathtaking immediacy and striking theatricality.

Yukio Endo: Gymnast who won five gold medals at the Olympic Games

Yukio Endo was one of Japan's most successful and celebrated gymnasts. He was a member of the all-conquering gymnastics teams that dominated the 1960s, winning Olympic team titles in 1960, 1964 and 1968, and world team titles in 1962 and 1966.

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The Ends of Life, By Keith Thomas

Quite what happened to the career of Sir Keith Thomas, Fellow of All Souls and quondam President of the British Academy, is one of the great mysteries of modern academic life. A quarter of a century ago – he was plain Mr Thomas then, with a mind so sharp as to land an Oxford fellowship without the labour of a PhD – he had the world at his feet. Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971) and, to a slightly lesser extent, Man and the Natural World (1983) had revolutionised the way in which early modern historians approached the 16th and early 17th centuries. There was talk of a seminal book about Tudor and Stuart fashion which would document the early history of English "taste".

Album: Andrew Bird, Noble Beast, (Bella Union)

Birdwatchers rejoice – the familiar markings are all here: pizzicato violins, whistling, linguistic gymnastics.

Free running could be taught in secondary schools

Pilot scheme in London shows that the sport, which combines running with gymnastics, helped to cut youth crime by 30 per cent

Air time: The brand new ski camp where 'progression is inevitable'

Stephen Wood visits Colorado for a sneak preview of Woodward at Copper

Zoe eager to shoulder burden of expectation

She's only 14 but tiny talent can lift three times her body weight and hopes to raise the barbell by ending long wait for Olympic medal

Inside Lines: Why the next Adlington will not be an Essex girl

British sport is back in the swim thanks to the prowess of Rebecca Adlington, but this seems to have escaped the notice of the burghers of Redbridge in Essex.

Last Night's TV: The Genius of Charles Darwin, Channel 4<br/>First Cut: Being Maxine Carr, More4 <br/>The Hairy Bakers, BBC2

Never mind the Olympic Games, The Genius of Charles Darwin last night offered a display of mental and verbal gymnastics the equal of anything seen on the pommel horses and asymmetric bars of Beijing, culminating in a head to head between the vast intellect of Professor Richard Dawkins and the similarly impressive mind of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was absorbing stuff, perhaps more evocative of the judo than the gymnastics, with Dawkins assuming a position of absolute certitude about evolutionary theory, and the Archbish unable to floor him even with some ingenious manoeuvring on the Virgin Birth.

Gymnastics: Tweddle the loser as age doubts mar He's triumph

The British gymnast Beth Tweddle was a victim last night of the latest apparent faking scandal to hit these Games when she lost out on a medal in the uneven bars event because of a rival who should probably not have been competing at all.

Gymnastics: Tweddle misses medal amid age controversy



Beth Tweddle, the finest gymnast Britain has ever had, is far too nice ever to moan about an unfair result. But here today, in the uneven bars final, the 23-year-old former world champion from Cheshire was, quite frankly, robbed of a medal.

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