Sport Ross Hutchins (R) and Colin Fleming (L) progressed to the second round of the Australian Open on the former's return to Grand Slam action after his battle with cancer

Hutchins and his doubles partner Colin Fleming defeated Marinko Matosevic and Michael Przysiezny 4-6 6-4 6-0 to reach the second round

Health: Is this treatment really an alternative to the face-lift?

There's no pain or scarring. But will photo-dynamic therapy roll back the years?

Real Homes: Colour without the paint chart

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Before the week is out...Try this

FINALLY, CONFIRMATION (as if it were needed) that Hollywood folk are "bongers". The likes of Madonna and Courtney Love apparently just can't do without, er, bongers, these large rubber balls attached to steel and wood handles that bounce up and down on your skin, giving you a DIY massage. Bonging is said to improve circulation, ease muscle tension and even help reduce the dreaded cellulite. And unlike most celebrity fads, bonging is affordable and easy to do. It's a great mood-enhancer too, whether you're the bonger or bongee. If you don't believe us, try banging your bongs with a straight face.

Books: Friends in the north

Noah, Noah by Paul Wilson Granta, pounds 15.99, 342pp; Christopher Hawtree applauds a small-town hero

Health: how to bong your way to a stress-free lifestyle

How to bong

Health: `It feels like pygmies dancing across my back'

It has nothing to do with sex, but devotees claim that bonging, the latest fitness craze to reach us from California, relieves the parts other back cures fail to reach.

Letter: Happy events

Sir: As the mother of two boys neither of whom would have survived had they been born at home, I would like to utter a rare cry of support for the medical staff in maternity units of hospitals.

Health: Step into the Time Machine

Would you wire yourself up to this mask in a bid to hold back the years?

Take it easy, it's only a job

... so here's how you should go about turning the office into a haven where you can burn lavender oil, and `Om' to your heart's content

Letter: Cot death advice

Sir: Parents should not panic following a report that sleeping babies on their backs, the recommended position to reduce the risk of cot death, may lead to "misshapen" heads in a few babies (report, 14 July).

Fear over cot death `harming babies'

DOCTORS ARE reporting an epidemic of "misshapen" heads among babies who are placed on their backs because of fears over cot deaths.

Theatre: India plays England at the Globe

A Kathakali company is staging King Lear.

Prostitution: Trial Schemes

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Sheffield planning first legal brothels

THE FIRST plans in Britain to legalise prostitution in massage parlours, escort agencies and saunas are being considered by Sheffield council and the city's police.

Letter: Get the massage

Sir: Sue Arnold has obviously missed the message ("Massage is the key to good exams", 26 May). The relaxation methods introduced by Monica Troughton to the children at the Trinity School do play a part in exam preparation, but within the context of sound educational learning and teaching methodology.
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