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If someone had beamed down from Mars – or from rugby’s amateur era, which feels even more remote – for the Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens’ 24-19 win over Sale Sharks on Saturday how would they have judged the spectacle? An arena of wonderfully nuanced and contrasting players such as Saracens’ gliding fly-half Charlie Hodgson and cerebral lock Steve Borthwick? Or a base battlefield of mega-muscled gladiators battering each other Rollerball-style with casualties shipped off to hospital on motorised carts for the benefit of the paying public, television viewer and now – as we are told enthusiastically by competing broadcasters – broadband consumers?
Sarries remain top of the Aviva Premiership as they grind out victory against a valiant Sale side led by the former England fly-half
The 28-inch long species of bamboo shark uses its fins and wriggles its body from side to side to cruise the ocean floor
Sharp fall in shark fin consumption reflects anti-corruption drive, not changing attitudes
.... but not for millions of years
'You can't beat waking up with no one around but fish and turtles'
'We want good writers, actors, and producers who want to make honest, uplifting content'
Dan Suski and his sister Kate were stranded off the coast of St Lucia
One of the recurring jokes in the ever-quotable Arrested Development was one of the sitcom's characters shouting "Spring Break, whoooo" and lifting her shirt.
The Lonely Planet Adventure: There's no need for a cage when you share the water with these giant creatures
A surfer had part of his hand bitten off as he tried to fight off a shark off the New South Wales coast, while on the other side of the country shark sightings caused panic on one of the busiest days of the Australian summer, as scientists speculated that warmer ocean temperatures may be bringing the killers closer to shore.
The appeal of the aquarium means you see the wonders of the ocean, without any of the danger. Or at least in most cases...
Whether it's a giant squid, a whale, or some hitherto unidentified sea monster - the creature is now likely to be swimming around with an eye patch.
A rise in the number of shark attacks has prompted Australia to introduce a controversial "kill on sight" policy, designed to protect beachgoers from Great Whites that get too close.
Western Australia called on the federal government yesterday to lift a ban on the fishing of great white sharks following an unprecedented fifth death in its waters within less than a year.
If you see a wilder hour on a British stage this year, I'll eat his hat