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Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh

Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh, book review

During the recent Ashes series I changed my newspaper habits specifically to read Gideon Haigh’s dispatches from the front. As Haigh is Australian, those unfamiliar with his work might have expected at least a hint of crowing to creep into his copy as England imploded, but he was as impartial as ever, while also being characteristically knowledgeable, perceptive and witty. (If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).

A barge carries asylum-seekers bound for detention centres on Christmas Island after their boat was intercepted

Australian government uses military to repel ‘boat people’ but is silent on claims of savage treatment

Tony Abbott's administration was elected on a promise to 'stop the boats,' but hunger strikes and claims detainees have sewn their lips together have citizens asking 'at what cost?'

England’s Sam Tomkins, left, is tackled by France’s Éloi Pélissier, right

Steve McNamara demands massive improvement against Kiwis

England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.

Ryan mighty: England’s winger Ryan Hall scores his second try last night

England 34 France 6 match report: England feel the width with Ryan Hall and Josh Charnley

England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.

A piece of the boat's wreckage washed up on an Indonesian beach

Boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia sinks off Indonesian coast

Police in Indonesia say passengers were from the Middle East

A suspected asylum seeker vessel is intercepted and escorted by the Australian Navy

Australia restricts news of arriving 'boat people' in attempt to foil smugglers

Australia’s newly elected conservative government has ordered a clampdown on releasing information about the arrival of asylum seekers.

Trekking guides hacked to death in front of horrified Australian tourists

Four tourists were wounded in bandit attack, none seriously

Testicle-eating fish, the Pacu, found in Paris with fears it could be coming to the UK

Small piranha-like fish was found in European waters for the first time in August

Papua New Guinea, though predominantly Christian, retains a strong undercurrent of tribal religion

Hacked, slashed and castrated: How 'cannibal' cult leader ‘Black Jesus’ Steven Tari met his death

Papuan cult leader had been on the verge of an unexplained Israel trip before his grisly demise

‘Black Jesus’ Steven Tari is hacked to death

Cult leader was a convicted rapist, but local rumours of cannibalism persist

'Black Jesus' murder: Leader of 6,000-strong cannibal rape cult hacked to death by villagers in Papua New Guinea jungle after killing yet again

Stephen Tari called himself 'the true Christ' and had previously been accused of raping, murdering and eating young girls

HMAS Parramatta, an Australian Navy ship that came to the rescue

106 rescued after asylum seeker boat sinks north of Christmas Island

Australian navy ships rush to help those aboard capsized boat in Indian Ocean

Kevin Rudd (left) and Tony Abbott shake hands before the debate

Australia left yawning as election debate fails to produce sparks

Mr Rudd took on opposition leader Tony Abbott in a televised debate

The pacu fish - or,

Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time

Kevin Rudd with Papua New Guinea leader Peter O’Neill

UN refugee commission claims 'formidable challenges' for Australia's deal to send 'boat people' to Papua New Guinea

Kevin Rudd's draconian and controversial plan has already outraged human rights campaigners

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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