Sport Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

The Brit lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm

First Night: Shun-kin, Barbican Theatre, London

Stealthy charm is not enough to save cruel love tale

Kelly's ready to raise the bar again

With one rival out of the picture and another disgraced, Sotherton is relaunching her bid to reach the top

World Club Cup: Crackers at Christmas, or a joy for the world?

An exhausting trip to Japan at a crucial time of the season is not ideal but, as Jonathan Wilson reports, this tournament is about spreading the word

Dodd grabs winner for Adelaide

Travis Dodd headed in a late winner as Adelaide United beat Waitakere United 2-1 at the Tokyo National Stadium tonight to set up a quarter-final clash against Gamba Osaka at the Club World Cup.

Leo Abse: Labour MP whose parliamentary Bills helped liberalise British society

Leo Abse's parliamentary causes, not one of which was ephemeral and most of which lasted for the three decades of his constant activity in and out of Parliament as Labour MP first for Pontypool and then for Torfaen, had one thing in common – Abse knew one heck of a lot about his subjects.

Sotherton anger at doping cheat

Kelly Sotherton reacted with dismay today at reports that Lyudmila Blonska, silver medalist here in the heptathlon, is facing a life ban after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

Ohuruogu gold gives GB best tally for a century

Christine Ohuruogu sank to her knees in disbelief tonight after becoming the first British woman ever to win the Olympic 400 metres title.

Hiram Bullock: Charismatic jazz-rock guitarist

Hiram Bullock was a talented and charismatic guitarist, a rock'n'roller with a jazz head who bridged the world of sophisticated pop and the avant-garde New York jazz scene.

An email conversation with Kelly Sotherton

'People underestimate me. I've performed well when it matters'

Hotel Of The Week: A sophisticated welcome in Osaka

Usually thought of as Kyoto's ugly, mercantile neighbour, Osaka is gaining a reputation as one of Japan's most dynamic cities – not least because of its exciting food scene.

The kindest cut: The intricate Japanese art of niwaki is now more approachable, thanks to the skills of a former British sculptor. Anna Pavord reports.

We all think we know what a bonsai tree is. Translated literally, the word means no more than "cultivation in a tray". That, of course, is the least of it. The real point is to distil in miniature the essence of nature. Niwaki is a much less familiar term, but as Jake Hobson explains in an engrossing new book, Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way, it has the same aim. The difference is one of scale. A niwaki is a garden tree, growing with its roots in the ground rather than in a tray. From now until the new year, teams of specialist pruners and clippers will be moving through Japanese gardens, enhancing the poise of junipers and maples, setting guy ropes to improve the angle of an azalea branch and, in the case of pines, stripping off all the old brown needles so that only the freshest, greenest foliage is left on the tree.

Sir Philip and the biggest pay cut in history

The king of the high street took home a £1.2bn dividend last year. But this time, Sir Philip Green is feeling a slight financial chill as profits slump at Arcadia and Bhs

SOMETHING JAPANESE TO DECLARE

Event of the week: Yokoso!

Quality not quantity

In the markets and restaurants of Osaka, snack food has been elevated to an art form. By Rebecca Baker

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