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1. How many wickets did Wilfred Rhodes take in England's 4-1 victory in 1911-12?

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Book Of A Lifetime: The Chateau, By William Maxwell

Reading 'The Chateau' is like meeting a very old friend with whom the conversation is always spontaneous, intimate, restorative and unpredictable. The narrative line is simplicity itself: Harold and Barbara Rhodes, a young American couple, decide to take a long vacation in post-war Europe. While we are told that they visit other countries, the action takes place in France, most centrally, though not exclusively, in the chateau where they spend two uncomfortable weeks as paying guests.

Album: Various artists, Ninja Tune XX, Ninja Tune

At the exact point in time when the hipster thing seemed dead and buried under the weight of one spoof song on YouTube, along comes this stunning “futurespective” from the UK label that spawned a thousand beards.

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On Halki the pace is slow, the food is good and the locals welcome you like one of the family. Linda Cookson succumbs to its laid-back charm

Smith to take on Worcestershire coaching job

Worcestershire's long-serving batsmen Ben Smith is to retire at the end of the season to take up a new role as assistant coach with the county.

David Alexander: US national secretary to the Rhodes Trust

American secretary to the Rhodes Trust for 17 years, Professor David Alexander CBE was a driving force behind the success of the Rhodes Scholarships in the US.

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A Quick Chat With: Zandra Rhodes

'I don’t mind being asked if I’m Vivienne Westwood'

Rhodes: Two sides to a Greek island

A new family resort on Rhodes has everything children want from a holiday. The challenge: convincing them to venture outside the gates

24-hour room service: Lindos Blu, Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes has never been counted among the more upmarket Greek islands, such as Santorini or Mykonos, but that is starting to change. Last spring, the five-star Lindos Blu hotel opened its doors on the east coast, just outside the ancient hill town of Lindos. Not only does its size – just 70 rooms – set it apart from the rest of the island's accommodation (most hotels here contain 300-400 rooms), but it's also Rhodes' first adults-only resort.

Album: Sam Crowe Group, Synaesthesia (F-ire)

Coolly assured debut from pianist/composer Crowe and his outstanding quintet.

Album: Kris Kristofferson, Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72 (Light in the Attic)

From Rhodes Scholar to decorated military helicopter pilot to janitor is hardly the most promising of career trajectories, but Kris Kristofferson finessed that downward arc into something extraordinary when he made the jump from Nashville studio dogsbody to the singer-songwriter who, according to Willie Nelson, hauled country music "out of the Dark Ages" – a process depicted in downbeat but gripping manner on these hitherto unreleased demos.

Album: Bach/Buson/Beethoven, Now Would all Freudians...(Signum)

The title of James Rhodes' second piano recital comes from Glenn Gould – a "total nut-job" in Rhodes' words and patron saint of this idiosyncratic, honest, sometimes startling performance.

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