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Police found the woman only had a provisional license and was accompanied only by a parrot

Hingis draws confidence at end of Peer show

When Martina Hingis began her comeback in January she had every reason to be satisfied with reaching the last eight of her first Grand Slam tournament for three years. Today's quarter-finals of the French Open will give the former world No 1 the chance to measure her subsequent progress as she faces Kim Clijsters, who beat her in three sets at the same stage in Melbourne.

An exotic trade

Miles Kington: Chance would be a fine thing. Or would it?

And the train announcer really is sorry for any inconvenience caused by late running

THEATRE: A Minute Too Late Lyttelton, National Theatre London ooo99

THE THREE guys on stage appear to be imitating strenuously the elastic-limbed expressionist slapstick of early Complicite shows. Rip- off or homage? Hang on, though, this is neither. It's a reprise of the company's A Minute Too Late, an antic vaudeville about death first seen at the Edinburgh Festival in 1984 and now revived with the original performer-devisers (Simon McBurney, Marcello Magni and Jozef Houben) to celebrate Complicite's 21st birthday.

A Minute Too Late, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

The three guys on stage appear to be imitating strenuously the elastic-limbed expressionist slapstick of early Complicite shows.

Survival of world's largest parrot threatened by bacteria to survival

An endangered species of parrot has been hit by a bacteria that has killed three young females in a population of just 86.

Tension rises as bulldozers tear down zoo in Rafah

With a parrot that had escaped the Israelis perched on his shoulder, and a kangaroo crouching in the corner of the room, Mohammed Juma contemplated the little that was left of the zoo he had spent five years creating. "This was my life," he declared. "I watched my dream being destroyed."

Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

A funny and intelligent view of the future

Audubon's Elephant, by Duff Hart-Davis

Birds of a frontier paradise
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine