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

Comment: 'The Full Monty': not how I think of the Field-Marshall

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Interview: Ray Winstone: `Everyone thinks they're a goodie - even Hitler did'

From vicious thug in `Scum' to vicious wife-beater in `Ladybird, Ladybird' to vicious crook in `Face' - Ray Winstone is the hard man of British cinema. His latest film, `Nil by Mouth', casts him true to form but, he tells Ryan Gilbey, he's dying to play a nice guy

INSANITY

A few weeks ago, the rail industry was reported to have implemented a new code of practice for its drivers. Under the new rules, drivers may accrue varying numbers of penalty points for a wide range of faults. Any driver with more than 15 points on his record is considered a class A risk, and 30 points qualifies him for an interview by his manager and possible dismissal. It is the nature of the offences, however, that have aroused some adverse comment.

Q & A: The glorious significance

Q. How did Glorious Goodwood get its wonderful name?

Cricket: From young Essex man to work ethic man

Stephen Brenkley charts a quarter of a century in the hair-raising exploits of a cricket crusader

FINAL DECISIONS ON THE WRITE STUFF

RESULTS OF THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY / PANASONIC WRITING COMPETITION AND THE IoS / DALER-ROWNEY YOUNG CARTOONIST COMPETITION 1997

The human condition: Coming out with my hands up

Colette Harris keeps it a secret all winter, but now the sun's out, the sleeves are off, and it's a secret no more: she doesn't shave her armpits

Serena Mackesy In my week

If we ever went to war with the States, all we'd have to do to spot their spies would be to get everyone to read out the word `Leominster'

Drawn to the truth: Cartoons chart women's battle for equality

The cartoon dates from 1928. "The Parliament of the future", it says, under a picture of an all-female House. If only, the sisters of the Nineties might reply.

Ten ways to spot if your leader is going Loco

Exasperated by President Abdala Bucaram's erratic behaviour and political stunts while the country slid deeper into economic stagnation, Ecuador's Congress voted on Thursday night to remove the President for "mental incapacity".

`I will not stare at beautiful women and wish I was a lesbian'

John Lyttle's New Year resolutions

daddy, i hardly knew you ...

When he died, they were locked in battle. But Lorna Russell will miss her father this Christmas

John Walsh meets... John Fuller

Full of feeling

'The Biba-hippy lifestyle outlined in "303" seems irredeemably naff'

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Singh in gut-wrenchingly splendid isolation

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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