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First Twenty20 International: England 151-1 (17.5 overs) beat Australia 150-3 (20 overs) by nine wickets

The snow globe in Piccadilly Circus, London, which was installed over the statue of Eros to shelter it from vandals over the Christmas season, was another victim of the strong winds that are blowing across the Capital

Giant Christmas snow globe to 'protect' statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus shatters in high winds

A giant plastic snow globe meant to protect the famous statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus over Christmas has mysteriously broken, showering shoppers in polystyrene pellets.

A worshipper lights candles at the Church of the Nativity

O’ empty town of Bethlehem: a trickle of visits to the site of Christ’s birth thanks to intifadas and ongoing tensions

Intifadas and ongoing tensions are keeping Christian pilgrims and tourists away from Bethlehem, says

Stavroula Chasandra, an ichthyologist of Selonda fish farming company holds a glass container with newborn sea bass at a hatchery in Psachna village on Evia island, Greece

In pictures: Fish farms to pull Greece out of its economic downfall

Six years of deep recession have shrunk Greek economy by a quarter and shut thousands of businesses. Fish farming is seen as one of the few sectors that could help pull Greece out of its economic quagmire, if it sorts itself out first.

Not again! For the 10th time, Kevin Pietersen is dismissed by Peter Siddle caught on this occasion by a jubilant Mitchell Johnson

Ashes 2013-14: Becalmed England start to watch the Ashes floating away

Tourists’ attempted fightback in crucial Third Test in Perth is restricted  by indisciplined batting, tight Australian bowling and sheer bad luck

Kenya: 'Grenade thrown at British tourists in Mombasa'

According to initial reports a number of British travellers escaped the attack near Mombasa after the grenade failed to explode

Simon Calder, Travel Editor for The Independent, is advising on travel to Brazil for those heading out for the FIFA World Cup in 2014
Tim Bresnan scored a half-century and took four first-innings wickets last week

Ashes 2013-14: Tim Bresnan 'ready' to return for second Test

Tim Bresnan says he was always aiming to return in time for the second Ashes Test after suffering a stress fracture of the lower back in August.

An Australian PA was sacked for announcing Monty Panesar's name in an Indian accent

Ashes 2013-14: Announcer denies racial slur towards England spinner Monty Panesar after he was sacked by Cricket Australia

David Nixon was sacked on the spot during England's warm-up match against a Chairman's XI for allegedly introducing Panesar in an Indian accent

Ashes 2013-14: England spin their way to a draw ahead of second Test

Chairman’s XI v England, tour match, Traeger Park Oval, second day

Mitchell Johnson claims that England are ‘rattled’ by his hostile fast bowling

Ashes 2013-14: More bouncers are on the way for second Test, says Mitchell Johnson the destroyer

As if he had not done enough damage, Mitchell Johnson verbally bounced England on Wednesday. In a press conference in Perth, his home town, the fastest bowler in the world announced that Australia would continue bouncing their opponents.

Australia captain Michael Clarke exchanges words with England's James Anderson

Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke fined for 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting' towards England bowler James Anderson

The ICC have hit Clarke with a 20% fine of his match fee after his comments in the closing stages of the first Test in Brisbane

Ashes 2013-14: Clueless England go from bad to worse as Aussies dominate third day of opening Test

Australia v England, First Test, , third day

Julian Savea scores his first of two tries in New Zealand's win over England

England 22 New Zealand 30 match report: Gallant England seen off by Julian Savea’s killer blow

Hosts fought back from a 14 point deficit to lead but wing Savea bagged two tries to earn gruelling victory

England batsman shines on day three of their final warm-up match against Australia XI before the Ashes series

Ashes 2013-14: Joe Root lands second successive fifty to ease fears over England's middle order

Four of the top six batsman passed the half-century mark but runs for Root will be the most pleasing thing for England

Steven Finn

Ashes 2013-14: Steve Finn closes on Test place with timely reminder of his strike-rate

England make hay in the Sydney sunshine

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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