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This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

Sky Saxon: Singer and bassist with seminal Sixties garage band the Seeds

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Gutteridge, legendary voice of boxing, dies

Reg Gutteridge, the legendary boxing commentator and journalist, has died after a short illness, his family said yesterday. He was 84.

A Night Out with Robert Burns: The greatest poems, ed Andrew O'Hagan

In his introduction to "A Man's a man for a' that", Andrew O'Hagan proclaims Burns "the world's greatest and most loveable poet". You could make a case for the latter adjective, but not, I submit, the former. At all. However, these are fighting words for a fighting poet.

Boxing: Tome on lord of rings is one to treasure

Pictorial essay of Muhammad Ali is reminder of man who still transcends sport, even if Smokin' Joe still smoulders

Boxing: Haye makes his way in world of giants

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Muhammad Ali is universally revered, as a boxer and as a human being. Pretty much any list of the biggest stars in sporting history will have Ali in top spot, the "greatest of all time", as the man himself would say.

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A man charged with terror offences linked to an alleged threat to kill Prime Minister Gordon Brown was remanded into custody today.

In Person: 30 Poets, Edited by Neil Astley, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce

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Musharraf announces resignation

Pakistan's beleagured president Pervez Musharraf today finally fell on his sword and announced that he was standing down as the country's head of state.

Saunders major and minor make master’s birthday a happy one

It was under-pressure coach Terry Edwards’ 65th birthday yesterday and, although his boxers gave him a cake, none of them offered to share it with him after Frankie Gavin’s weight fiasco. But the celebration Edwards most enjoyed was the double success of two unrelated Saunders, light-welterweight Bradley and teenage welterweight Billy Joe.

Wendo Kolosoy: Star of 'rumba congolaise'

Wendo Kolosoy was the first international star of rumba congolaise, a catch-all term for the amalgams of Congolese folk music and Latin American styles that swept Africa in the mid 20th century. Known to his fans as "Papa Wendo" – or simply "Wendo" – as well as "Alanga Nzembo" ("Song master"), he had his first and biggest hit in 1948 with "Marie-Louise" and continued to enjoy considerable popularity in the following decade.

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