News Crispin Blunt has survived an attempt by worthies in his local party to get rid of him

Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended

Boxing: Rhodes admits underestimating Alvarez after world title defeat

In the end there was nothing that Ryan Rhodes could do when World Boxing Council light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez, backed by 15,000 fans in his hometown of Guadalajara, unleashed a savage series of punches in the 12th and last round to force the referee's intervention on Saturday night.

Boxing: Rhodes revved up for Mexican stand-off

Ryan Rhodes will try against staggering odds to win the World Boxing Council light-middleweight belt tonight when he fights the unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez, who is 20, the biggest star in Mexican boxing and fighting in front of 15,000 of his hometown-fans at altitude in Guadalajara.

Peterborough win promotion with three goals in seven minutes

Huddersfield 0 Peterborough 3

County round-up: Rhodes fumes over 'unfit' Edgbaston pitch

Worcestershire’s Steve Rhodes believes Warwickshire were lucky not to be punished more harshly after being docked eight points over the state of the pitch at Edgbaston, where they completed a 218-run victory over their neighbours soon after midday.

A stink in the tale: Why Britain is swooning over the pet with a pong

The skunk might seem an odd choice for domestication, but Tom Peck is smitten

Ten Top... Easter getaways

1 Britain: Celebrate Easter at Turnberry (luxurycollection.com/ turnberry) on the Scottish coast, where rooms cost £135 per night for a special seven-night stay.

Duran Duran, Shepherds Bush Empire, London<br/>The Naked and Famous, Digital, Brighton

Duran Duran are ignoring the zeitgeist and have returned to what they've always done best

The Reading List: Flooding

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After the Flood by Robert Polidori, RRP £50

Between September 2005 and April 2006, renowned architectural photographer Robert Polidori made a series of visits to New Orleans to photograph the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

Album: James Rhodes, Bullets and Lullabies (Warner)

With disarming candour, Rhodes reveals "what it's like to live in my head for 24 hours".

Album: James Rhodes, Bullets &amp; Lullabies (Warner Bros)

James Rhodes' populist charm is given free rein in the sleevenotes to this double CD of contrasting approaches to the piano, with plenty of winking references to chemical stimulation.

Mountain rescue team hurt sledging in Pennines

A member of Bolton's mountain rescue outfit had to be evacuated by air ambulance after a sledging accident on Sunday.

Album: Kimmie Rhodes, Miracles on Christmas Day (Sunbird)

Kimmie Rhodes may be best known for her album of duets with Willie Nelson, Picture In A Frame, and it was Nelson who provided the inspiration for this album of mostly original Christmas songs when, years ago, she watched him opening packages of platinum records for various covers of his seasonal favourite "Pretty Paper".

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