Protected birds earn reprieve after sudden U-turn
Struggling state shocked to discover it produces dozens of bizarre research papers that no one reads
Our writer finds in the story of the police horse lent to Rebekah Brooks a Swiftian satire that highlights animal nobility and human awfulness
The Great Divide is one of several recent books on the deep ecological roots of human history, a trend begun by Jared Diamond with Guns, Germs and Steel (1997). Peter Watson takes some leads from Diamond but goes much further in his attempt to rescue the pre-Columbian world of the Americas from the contempt and even hatred expressed by many at the time of the 2009 Aztec exhibition at the British Museum. One article called the artefacts on display "As evil as Nazi lampshades made from human skin".
It's primary school stuff: mammals give birth to babies; birds lay eggs. Except that this particular mammal – also known as the spiny anteater – lays a big, rubbery whopper. Clearly it had its head in an ant hill when the rules were read out. Or perhaps, like many Australian creatures, it was simply being perverse.
Castleford 27 Hull KR 14
Caroline Wozniacki's press conferences are rapidly becoming as entertaining as her matches. Forty-eight hours after she answered questions ranging from global warming to Kenny Dalglish's return at Liverpool, the world No 1 told reporters here at the Australian Open that she had suffered a cut on her leg when she was attacked by a baby kangaroo in a wildlife park.
In the seven years since Roger Federer rose to No 1 only two men – the Swiss and his great rival, Rafael Nadal – have topped the world rankings. Over the same period the lead in the women’s world order has changed hands a remarkable 21 times, with 10 players filling the top spot.
Australia 34 England 14
Lockyer, the nemesis of GB and now England, is still not ready to call it quits
Luke Robinson would leap at the chance of starting for England for the first time against Australia on Sunday, but will not complain at being asked to make his contribution from the bench once more.
Winger's colourful journey could come full circle this weekend, writes Dave Hadfield
It is, depending on your tittle-tattle tolerance levels, the most cockle-warming or barf-inducing celebrity story of the new year. What started as a whirlwind romance between Russell Brand, the bouffanted comedian and former sex addict, and "I kissed a girl" pop star, Katy Perry, has gathered pace in recent weeks to become a tornado of hand-in-hand pap shots, lovey-dovey Twitter exchanges and, during a New Years Eve trip to India, a proposal blessed by a "love guru".
England 16 Australia 46
The air is pure, the land is rugged and the native wildlife brings even the most committed urbanite closer to Mother Nature
England's prop – and nephew of the famous wrestler – has won a name for himself as a fearsome impact player. Ahead of the Four Nations final, he tells Dave Hadfield how he ditched his delicate reputation