Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

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Fino, London

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The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 3: 1955-1991 by Norman Sherry

The end of the affair

'You're like Inspector Clouseau, vulgar, wrong. A fantasist obsessed with sex'. 'Bloody nonsense. Grow up'

As the world of literature met yesterday to celebrate Graham Greene's centenary, his surviving relatives and biographer traded bitter insults. Anthony Barnes and Andrew Gumbel report

Norman Sherry: After 27 years, Greene's shadow reaches the end of his life

Norman Sherry has spent almost three decades on an all-consuming struggle: to write the definitive biography of the enigmatic Graham Greene. The attempt nearly killed him. Now, on the eve of the publication of the final volume, he talks exclusively to Andrew Gumbel about his attempts to achieve the impossible

Auto da Fay by Fay Weldon

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A question of intelligence

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THE DEFINITION of a drunk used to be one who drank more than his doctor. A pickled liver was evidence of a tough constitution and as much a part of the medical make-up as a white coat and a hard heart. But ask a doctor today about drinking and the likeliest advice you receive will be to have frequent drink holidays.

Eating & Drinking: Quantity control

URGENT message. Christmas imminent. Wine needed in light-industrial quantities. In short: time for buying by numbers, my annual exercise in choosing bevvy for Yuletide celebrations. This week and next I'm scanning the multiples, as well as a small group of independents, to select a set of wines to see you through the Christmas meal. With each, I have chosen a sherry, white wine or Champagne as an aperitif, a red wine to accompany the turkey or goose, and lastly, a pudding or after dinner wine.

Property: Friends or neighbours?

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Drinks: A whole new package

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Bishop: Teach young people how to use cannabis

YOUNG PEOPLE should be taught to use cannabis in moderation, the Bishop of Edinburgh said yesterday, fuelling the debate over whether soft drugs should be decriminalised.

Why, Grandma, what big heels you've got!

Throw on a cobweb shawl and sip Darjeeling, darlings... Granny style is de rigueur among the hiperati. CAYTE WILLIAMS reports
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