Credo: Mark Pollock

Blind adventurer, 32

School that hands out iPods wins award

Persuading youngsters to adopt a healthy lifestyle could not be more crucial than in Glasgow, where the gap in life expectancy between the poorest and most affluent areas is a staggering 28 years. Shawlands Academy, a 1,250-pupil school serving some of the city's most deprived wards, has come up with a novel answer to the problem.

Joseph Solman: Artist friend of Rothko and Pollock

It is apt that Joseph Solman should have died in his sleep, in his 100th year, in the Manhattan apartment where he spent half his life. In a career that spanned nearly eight decades, Solman had lived through social realism, Cubism, expressionism and the Neo-Ashcan School, had championed and then rejected abstraction. In the course of all this, he made friends with artists far more extreme than himself, and whose names are much better known: among them Jackson Pollock and Marcus Rothkowitz, also known as Mark Rothko. Where Pollock died in a drunken car smash and Rothko by his own hand, though, Solman survived: never in thrall to a gallery, always his own man, happy to live over a kosher deli on 10th Street and Second Avenue.

One Night In November, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

The attack was so successful that Goebbels, Hitler's minister for propaganda, coined a new word, "koventriert", meaning "utterly destroyed". He was referring to the aerial bombardment of Coventry on the night of 14 November 1940. This raid and the political controversy surrounding it now form the subject of Alan Pollock's flawed but stirring play.

West indies 139 South Africa 213-1: Smith's unbeaten century puts South Africa on top

Graeme Smith stroked a fluent 13th Test century to keep South Africa on top in the third and final Test against West Indies yesterday. With the series level at 1-1, South Africa were 213 for 1, a lead of 74 runs after they had bowled out the tourists for 139, when bad light ended play 10 overs early on the first day.

Emma Pollock: The former Delgado on going solo

The mum, label boss and former indie band member tells Elisa Bray about being in charge

Wealth Check: 'My living costs are low but I've got huge debts'

Paul Heron, a 39-year-old solicitor from east London, has several financial dilemmas to tackle. Six years ago, he enrolled on a part-time law course at the University of Westminster and finally became fully qualified in January. The legacy from this career change is an £11,000 loan taken out to finance his studies.

Thomas Sutcliffe: Just don't leave us dangling

You may have experienced this feeling before. On the horizon you can see the flashing blue lights of oncoming patrol cars. The tracker dogs are barking wildly and there you stand, in the middle of the runway, staring disconsolately at the retreating navigation lights of the Learjet that was supposed to whisk you away to Mexico. What do we do now, someone asks, and your leader shouts back a terse instruction: "We run!" Which is all very well for the escapees of Prison Break, whiling away the months until season two reaches the screen, but what about us poor viewers? We'd served some hard time to get to this point - 20 weeks in Fox River Prison, recovering after every disappointment and knock-back, kept going by the thought of the moment when we could finally shout, "We're free!" - released from our imprisonment in the narrative. Instead, off went Abruzzi's plane, carrying with it our last hope of clean resolution.

The science of football

The Beckhams' bash is over, Wayne's on the mend, and Sven's master plan is taking shape (we hope). But with only two and a half weeks to go until the World Cup, have the England team really grasped the football fundamentals? What do they know of free-kick trajectories, of passing permutations, of angular velocity? The game may be an art, but it's also a science - and as Ken Bray explains, every dug-out needs an Einstein

The house that Will built

It went from a rubble-strewn plot to a fully sustainable green house: Will Anderson pens the final chapter of his ground-breaking project

CRICKET: Rain brings curtain down on series for England

SOUTH AFRICA v ENGLAND South Africa 211 England 7-2 Match abandoned

Cricket: Dazzling Gibbs sets sun on tired England

South Africa 291-5 England 183 South Africa win by 108 runs

Cricket: South Africa back in hunt after agony of record tie

THE ONE-DAY circus departed Bloemfontein early yesterday and prepared to pitch its big top 500 miles south. Port Elizabeth craves more of the same tonight.

Bonanza for barrister in BCCI courtroom battle

Gordon Pollock QC, one of the UK's most senior barristers, is believed to have pocketed £316,000 just for presenting his opening remarks in the BCCI court battle.

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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