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

Storm over `port' delays trade deal

A DISPUTE over South Africa's right to sell its fortified wines at home as "port" and "sherry" is threatening a ground- breaking trade deal with the European Union.

Crisis for the man who ate Christmas

A MAN who has eaten Christmas dinner every day for the past five years is going on a diet after gaining almost four stone.

A sherry or three and a very late lunch

Mike Gerrard goes on a fortifying tour of the cellars of Jerez - and ends up wanting to dance on the tables

Revealed: Graham Greene's restless, tortured last years

The `burnt out' novelist rarely spent more than three weeks in one place, his biographer tells Vanessa Thorpe

Escape from Suffolk

(A tale of drugs, guns, hookers and a charming killer in a Miami diner)

Dance: Rambert's Garden grows

When the final clod of cement was craned into the roof of the new Sadler's Wells Theatre at last year's "topping out" ceremony, Rambert's artistic director, Christopher Bruce, was there to watch. Bruce's company will be the first to perform at the theatre when it opens in October. As he wandered around the interior - at that point a mere concrete shell - Bruce gazed appreciatively around the space, perhaps picturing the dances that would fill it.

Book: Little Sister by Carol Birch (Virago, pounds 15.99)

Carol Birch began her career in the late Eighties with Life in the Palace and The Fog Line - two accomplished novels about the alternative- lifestyle culture, whose characters tried desperately to preserve something of themselves in a hostile environment. An odd third novel emerged only in the US; a fourth (Songs of the West, 1994) lacked the boxed-in tensions of its predecessors. Little Sister is a return to form that takes many of the predicaments of the earlier books and re-examines them.

Golf: Sherry's pilgrimage of redemption

WHEN Gordon Sherry, almost as prominent as the lighthouse at Turnberry, was at full candle power, it seemed as if somebody up there was watching over him. Tiger Woods? Sherry outshone him at nearly every turn.

Bloody sunday: Modernising judge to head review

The judge tasked with heading the investigation into one of the most sensitive episodes in the recent history of the United Kingdom is regarded as a moderniser in the judiciary.

Health: Alcoholic? Me?

The National Temperance Society claims more people than ever are shunning alcohol. Should you join them? Dr Phil helps you decide.

Home hunter beware! Don't believe what you see

Home buyers all too often rely on surveyors to spot any costly defects and most have a touching faith in the honesty of sellers.

Boutiques, carnivals and sherry by the gallon

While Seville is the jewel in the Andalusian crown, there are plenty of other gems - besides Cordoba, Granada and Ronda - which can go unnoticed by visitors. Among these are jaunty Jerez, with its classy boutiques, gipsy quarters and sherry by the gallon; and crumbling Cdiz, with its medieval watchtowers, wild carnivals and wicked sense of humour.

MP's suicide attempt casts a pall over Australian politics

The attempted suicide of a senior opposition MP accused of fiddling his expenses has inflamed the debate in Australia over standards in public life, and cast a shadow over Prime Minister John Howard's attempts to improve them. Robert Milliken looks at a sorry affair.

Cafe Society: Sssssssssh, it's sherry

It's always had a bit of a Mavis Wilton image but, as Nikki Spencer found out, things are looking up for sherry
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
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Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

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Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution