Rufus Wainwright, Sadler's Wells, London

At the start of the second half of this extraordinary concert, Rufus Wainwright laughingly confessed that he had been "shitting bricks" over his performance in the first half. No wonder. Before the interval he had treated us to a stunning rendition of his new album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, presented as a kind of Beckettian monodrama. An official had requested that we did not applaud the separate numbers, that we should hold back until the very end "as the exit is part of the performance". So was the entrance, and then some.

The blades are out for TV ice-dance final

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Video: Skate Europe goes to Rome

Vans and VBS.TV present the 'Skate Europe' series:

James Lawton: Brave Rochette causes Canada to examine values

Rochette showed a moving combination of grace and guts. She gave the best of herself

Winter Olympics Notebook: Skater not 'true champ'

Figure Skating: Men's figure-skating silver medallist, Yevgeny Plushenko, has claimed Evan Lysacek (who won the gold), is not a "true champion" because he did not attempt a quadruple jump, the move considered the most difficult in figure skating, in either Tuesday's short or Thursday's free programmes. Oooh, get him. Lyasek doesn't seem too bothered.

Mary Dejevsky: When your bank gets too helpful by half

I was just beginning to feel a little more charitable towards the banks (notwithstanding the matter of bonuses at Barclays, which is in every respect far beyond my pay-grade). And part of the reason was the speed with which they slammed the brakes on their aspirational PR, ditched their fancy product-pushing, and reinvented themselves as nice, responsible, people- friendly operations with your – yes, your – interests at heart. Just look at the sensible-looking lads and lasses fronting their advertising at the moment, with my bank, the NatWest, casting itself as the "helpful bank".

Figure Skating: Kemp and King hit form as Chinese pair take lead

British duo happy with 'personal best' display for 16th place after early stages

Piers smooths the way for 'gauche' Gordon

Piers Morgan's Life Stories, ITV1

Britain’s best team yet? The contenders most likely to strike gold in the snow

Men's curling: David Murdoch

Over the previous 20 Winter Games Britain have amassed the grand total of eight gold medals. Their first, in 1924, was in curling; their last, in 2002, was in curling; and their next, in 15 days' time.

Team GB at start gate with optimism peaking

British athletes have come to Canada short on numbers and resources, but they believe that they can succeed in the face of adversity

Dom Joly: Skating and sledging is going to dogs

Weird World of Sport: The sledge split and a shard of plastic cut through my jeans and pierced one of my buttocks

Skating on thin ice: Russians' Aboriginal routine fails to amuse

It was certainly an arresting performance: the Russian world figure skating champions, clad in dark-toned bodysuits and red loincloths, performing a routine based on an Aboriginal dance. It won Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin a gold medal at their national competition last month. But in Australia, Aboriginal leaders were not amused.

Siblings on the slippery slope to celebrity status

The Kerrs may never emulate the feats of Torvill and Dean but at Winter Games they want to make Britain swoon again
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