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The Good Wife on More4 is in the midst of a reputation revision. Long-term fans of the smart, glossy legal drama, which began its fifth season on More4 last night, often complain it's not given the recognition it deserves. It's true that among crime and law procedurals (TV shows where a problem is raised and solved within a single episode) this is a show of unusual quality. But is The Good Wife really that good?

Do high-flying jugglers really have it all?

Working mothers are sitting pretty in their executive chairs, says a new report. Labour Editor Barrie Clements is not convinced.

Arts: Tumbling, flying, twirling with ease

Cirque du Soleil

Outdoor: Two wheels good, one wheel better? Minimalism takes to the road

Unicycling is the Everest of the wheeled world. It's hard, and you do it because it's there. It's pointless to ask what the point is. There is none.

Bring back... Hacky sack

Kick back in a few enlightened parks this past summer and wherever the frisbee and the juggler's club flew, you stood a good chance of being winged by a small leathery sack. About 15 years ago, indulging in an eternal game of `keepy up' with the hacky sack reportedly became a near Xen-like experience for clean-livin', granola-eatin' types in the USA. Unfortunately, the UK, perhaps put off by the mundanity of its name or its Californian New Agey origins, proved immune to hacky sack fever. Whatever its ignominious past on these shores, there are growing signs that `the craze that never was' may yet still be.

Inside Business: Myths exploded by family firms

In the popular imagination, family businesses tend to be like that depicted in the television soap opera Dallas. But, according to research just published by the management school at Imperial College, London, that is just one of a number of myths that need exploding.

With consummate trapeze

Momentary fusion's Stung was the big dance hit of the Fringe, heavily publicised and rewarded with packed houses. The dancing is based on and around ropes and a single trapeze, emphasising control rather than obviously hair-raising tricks. The moves are perfectly accomplished, and their timing is exact; but the first half of the show is arty rather than exciting. Dancers climb on ropes and off them again, without doing anything very memorable while suspended in the air.

TALK OF THE TOWNS

Putting one over the English at football - and vice-versa - has long been central to Anglo-Scottish relations. So when David Baddiel - he of "Three Lions on my Shirt" - turned up in Edinburgh it was perhaps inevitable that he would soon find his way to the nearest pitch. That was the home of Hibernian, where, according to Baddiel's agent, the poor boy found himself all alone against 11 in a half-hour training session intended as a warm-up for his run of shows. According to Hibs, the score was 145-0. Baddiel sympathisers have pointed out - in a note-from-Mummy kind of way - that Baddiel was suffering from gastro-enteritis at the time ...

A great hatred of water

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE: The Life and Times of W C Fields by Simon Louvish, Faber pounds 20

Rugby union: Fijians turn on the magic

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THE CIRCUS : Peter Lavery has spent the last 25 years following circuses around Britain and photographing the poignant contrasts between sequinned glamour and backstage ordinariness. By Bruce Bernard

Racing: Singspiel on top of world

This sport truly came of global age here last night as Singspiel proved himself the best horse in the world. The five-year-old, who had already won at the highest level on grass in Canada and Japan, transferred his talents to dirt with devastating effect to take a dramatic second running of the world's richest race, the $4m (pounds 2.5m) Dubai World Cup. The success took his earnings to over $5.5m.

Racing: Waterhouse takes the fight abroad

Greg Wood on the Australian trainer with the spirit to tackle the World

Letter: What women really want from work

Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Women, the forgotten voters", 24 March) writes that "it seems that once women have children, their attitudes veer sharply towards conservative values, while fatherhood does not much change men's views."

Tebbit pours scorn on Heseltine the fixer

Further evidence of the deep-seated personal detestation felt by leading Conservatives for their party colleagues was provided yesterday by Lord Tebbit in a review of a book on Michael Heseltine.

At home in mother Russia

An elegant tale of playing Chekhov to the natives.
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