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Two out of three children admit to cheating in school sports because they feel under pressure to win, according to a survey to be released today.

Steven Finn

Steven Finn determined to cement England place ahead of Ashes

Finn acknowledges that competition for places is fiercer than ever

MCC members look on from Lord's pavilion, resplendent in the club's egg-and-bacon stripes

Saturday at Lord's, once a carnival now a crypt of codgers

Test at the home of cricket against West Indies brings back memories of fun and games on both sides of the boundary rope but the picture is very different these days

Will Poulter stars in British crime drama 'Wild Bill', out on 23 March

Agenda: Toast; Will Poulter; Bigkids; the Bon Bon bar; Game Of Thrones

Fashion: Toast of the town

Lisa Markwell: Who are the waiters in restaurants these days?

Where was I on one of the coldest nights of the year? Why, queuing outside a restaurant in London's Soho, of course...

Harriet Walker, right, enjoys a cigar with Edita Nemethova

Happiness is a hotel cigar evening for new generation of female smokers

Would Harriet Walker be hooked by the latest trend sweeping London's social scene? You're Havana laugh

Master chefs: The new London school

Taste la difference! The Cordon Bleu culinary school has a lavish new London flagship

It's a vote of confidence in British cooking, its owners tell Gillian Orr.

The scene in west London

Firefighters tackle 'challenging' west London fire

Around 75 firefighters and 15 fire engines were tackling a blaze at a site that is believed to be a dairy today.

'Selling books is what I do. I am a specialist'

As saviour-elect at Waterstone's he is greeted with near ecstasy, but can Daunt revive the ailing chain?

Andrew Martin: Prices rise, dining cars close, but the romance of the railway lives on

It's far too easy to moan about our trains. But the clever traveller can still secure comfort – and unmissable views

Smog alert issued for Easter break

The Government today issued a "smog alert" for the Easter weekend for ozone and polluting particles known as PM10s, which can affect people's health.

Dylan Jones: 'Londoners are getting obsessed with hot new restaurants'

My idea of the perfect fashionable new restaurant is one I don't have to go to. In my eyes, the narrative arc should go something like this: 1. Rumours start surrounding a hot new eatery opening in somewhere like Marylebone, Paddington or Notting Hill (or, God forbid, over there: East). 2. Said restaurant opens to great fanfare, fêted by critics, customers and celebrities alike. 3. People travel from all corners of the globe in the vain hope of getting a table. 4. Eighteen months later, said restaurant closes without me ever having had to go.

The 50 best fitness essentials

Ditched your New Year's exercise regime already? Sophie Morris has all the gear you need to get back on track

Cooper Brown: Driving

Not as much support as I’d hoped for my anti-politically correct brigade stance in yesterday’s diary. People really seem to be angry about this stuff. I rang Ben and we headed off to the Groucho for some liquid comfort. I love Ben. He is blissfully unconcerned about anything but his own happiness.

Wrexham & Shropshire rail to halt London services

A rail company is to cease operations on Friday, ending its services between North Wales and London, it was announced today.

Campaign grows against cuts that would shut 375 libraries

Anger against the funding bloodbath facing local libraries around the country swelled yesterday as key campaigners joined increasingly widespread protests against the cuts.

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He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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Bread from heaven

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