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Ballance is looking to fight fire with fire after hitting half-centuries in his last two innings

Cigar terraces have opened in luxury hotels over the past few years; they are considered a must-have for London's top addresses

Cigar smoking enjoys a revival in UK

A swathe of grand cigar terraces have opened in luxury hotels over the past few years

Mitchell Johnson has died his moustache pink for charity ahead of the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson dyes his moustache bright pink for charity

Australia’s fast bowler and chief tormentor of England Mitchell Johnson has blown away the opposition in the 2013-14 Ashes Series with a flurry of aggressive bouncers and famous stone-cold stare, but those at the crease tomorrow may be forgiven for having a cheeky snigger back towards him.

Mitchell Johnson has become Australia's spearhead
Scene from The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Theatre review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The role of Arturo Ui calls for bravura, high-definition acting and that's what it gets, in spades, from Henry Goodman in Jonathan Church's splendid production, which began life last year in the Minerva Studio at Chichester and has now transferred to the West End.  Brecht's blackly farcical "gangster spectacle" satirises Hitler's bloody rise to power by cutting him down to size as a ridiculous Chicago hoodlum who seizes control of the city’s greengrocery protection racket. In a tour de force of wild-eyed demonic intensity, the actor brilliantly charts the evolution of an absurd upstart into blood-freezing demagogue.

Unfortunate BBC moustache for Nigel Farage

A pixelation error on the BBC’s big screen at Media City in Salford meant Nigel Farage appeared to have grown Hitler-style moustache when speaking to BBC Breakfast on Friday morning.

Mohamed Al Fayed unveils a statue in tribute to Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson statue set to be removed from Fulham stadium Craven Cottage at Mohamed Al Fayed's request

The former Cottagers owner wants to take the statue to another of his properties

How to get the look: Creepy rocks

Creepy jewellery? You mean like the locket I have with a picture of my dentist printed off his Facebook page?

Alan Hansen

Comment: Alan Hansen's many years on Match of the Day have been characterised by indifference and cruelty

The pundit is ending his time with the BBC after the World Cup

The Moustache Brothers in 2012, from left to right, Lu Maw, Par Par Lay and Lu Zaw

Par Par Lay: Comedian who satirised the Burmese regime

It was always likely that Par Par Lay would spend his life entertaining people and poking fun. Born into a family of traditional entertainers, at the age of 14 he followed his father on to the stage as a performer of Ah Nyeint, a Burmese vaudeville-type entertainment that mixes humour and satire with dance and music. Performers would typically tour villages, customising their patter and jokes with local references. Yet over the years his jokes become increasingly biting and political, and he directed his barbs less towards local officials and more towards the military generals who exerted an iron grip on the country.

Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi has been kidnapped, threatened with death, forcibly displaced and lives apart from his family, all because of his enormous moustache

The amazing moustache that brings admiration - plus death threats, repeated moves, an end to his business... and hopefully a new beginning

People give me a lot of respect - it’s my identity, says man with gravity-defying accoutrement

Teenager held over rape of girl, 12, in Walthamstow

A teenager has been arrested over the rape of a 12-year-old girl who was attacked by two strangers at the weekend.

Police seek three men after rape of 12-year-old girl in Walthamstow

A manhunt has been launched after a 12-year-old girl was raped by two men.

Body politic: After Movember, here comes Armpits4August

New campaign aims to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by encouraging women to grow their armpit hair for the month of August

David Suchet played Agatha Christie detective Poirot

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Poirot star David Suchet has revealed that Agatha Christie's family warned him not to play the Belgian detective as a joke when he was first approached about the role.

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Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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