Jenkins plans to punish Wallabies

Gethin Jenkins and his Wales front-row colleagues are determined to make the Australian pack suffer once again. Twelve months ago, the Wallaby forwards were crushed by England at Twickenham and then suffered another battering at the hands of Wales in Cardiff.

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Géricault, Théodore: Study of Truncated Limbs (1818-19)

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Letter: How phone tap evidence could be used in terrorism trials

Sir: The Home Secretary's refusal to consider the introduction of phone-tap evidence in court proceedings is another demonstration of a Government that is not at ease with the notion of judicial control. The basic argument for not bringing to justice the Belmarsh detainees was that the main evidence against them consisted in intercepted telephone communications that could not be used in court. A potential relaxation of the prohibition on using phone-taps could prevent the Government from relying on such grounds in the future.

How far have we come?

A machine that promises sexual satisfaction at the touch of a button has long been the stuff of fantasy. Now a US doctor claims he can deliver the goods. A likely story, says Virginia Ironside

Letter: Mindless escapism

Sir: I wonder at those politicians who condemn Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow as irresponsible and not within the BBC's public service remit ("Morning Sickness", Review, 1 February).

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