Sport Gary Ballance is confident he can deal with Mitchell Johnson ahead of his return to the Australia squad for the second One-Day International with England

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

That's enough tiffing, let's get back to the tippling


Footsies rally in the City

City Ballet of London Peacock Theatre

Arts: Theatre: The high priestess rises again


Arts: Dance: Moonlit mystery and moustaches


Flirting while the rouble plummets

THERE'S A lot to be said for not being Russian at the moment. The news footage of harried Moscow rouble-traders looking as if the best choice they'll be offered all day is between suicide and assassination is a useful reminder of how lucky we are here. With all the markets wobbling like jelly, the punters in our section are staying away in droves, so we have time for lunch and chatting, and sorting out our lives.

Auntie Ag and Uncle Ony


Ortega keeps a grip on the Sandinistas

WITH his moustache and clenched fist, he was - in his prime - a figure almost on the scale of Che Guevara in the pantheon of international left-wing heroes.

Leading article: Face the future

A SMALL pioneer force of men are using laser technology to abolish shaving for ever. Is the end of the beard nigh? History suggests otherwise.

Corporate strategies: How to become a consummate professional

9: A fistful of dole: How to go gracefully

Never disturb a woman in the middle of literary intercourse

IT'S OFTEN said that we are not a literary nation. I would dispute that. On the Tube last week I thought I had stumbled on an Underground book club - a man in his early twenties revisiting his teens with Junk by Melvyn Burgess was sitting next to an older woman reading Of Mice and Men; next to me was a man showing off his Foucault while two seats down someone too old for it to be an A-level text was half way through Brave New World. Another woman had folded over the cover of her book so it could have been that new book on masochism - either that or she was a masochist and it was a Jeffrey Archer.

Books: Corporate squeeze

Rupert Thomson's new novel is a fizzer, says Michael Arditti

`Blood-stained' man sought in hunt for killer of Kate, 14

A man, with a possibly blood-stained shirt, was seen running from the area where a 14-year-old Devon girl had her throat slit, it was disclosed yesterday. Police believe the sighting could be the first break-through in the murder hunt launched after Kate Bushell's body was found by her father in a field last Saturday.

Jazz: Slick hair, pencil moustache - this is the real McCoy

Revered because of his role as the pianist in the revolutionary John Coltrane Quartet in the Sixties, and also as leader of a series of brilliant recordings for the Blue Note label in the same period, McCoy Tyner, 59, is an authentic repository of the great tradition; a kind of much-loved carriage-clock in the heritage industry of jazz. His appearance at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday was, therefore, an opportunity for more than a little ancestor worship, and he performed to huge affection and applause.

Bogus officials strip boy, 5 stripped

A mother was "horrified" to discover that two social workers who carried out a strip-search on her five-year-old son at her home were bogus officials, police said yesterday.

If a beard was good enough for Jesus, why not New Labour?

Nicholas Schoon
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