Arts and Entertainment The 1863 Football Association Minute Book contains the 13 original laws of football

The handwritten book by Ebenezer Cobb Morley contains the 13 original laws of football

Introducing the compassionate Ann Widdecombe

The Clematis Tree by Ann Widdecombe (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £9.99)

The yellow devil the game needs

Graeme Wright vows to keep the pen sharp as he returns as the editor of Wisden

Now, where did that weather forecast go?

`When it comes to our own local weather, there is a sort of blank, like a mist covering our minds...'

A cracking yarn, soon to be a dreary film

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Letter: News at Ten

Sir: Melvyn Bragg is a fine writer so it's surprising that his defence of the move of News at Ten ("Who cares abut News at Ten?", 23 November) appears to have been ghost written by ITV's spin doctors.

Do dendrologists ever get a hangover?

`Long John Silver, not John "Long" Silver; Sugar Ray Robinson, not Ray "Sugar" Robinson. Why is this?'

How dear Melvyn Bragg got his big break

`I couldn't go into the studio during licensing hours. Licensing hours are my prime research time'

Maybe this year Beryl will be the bride

`A short, bittersweet novel about a writer who very nearly gets a prize with a short, bittersweet novel'

Books: The soldier who took his war home

The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg Sceptre pounds 16.99

Sparkling sitcom from Auntie's geriatric bickering

`Wasn't it Yentob who said that Noel Edmonds was the crowning achievement of BBC TV?'

Edinburgh Festival '99 Classical: Oh what a lovely Fringe

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Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

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Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

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More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

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