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.

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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".

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Piers smooths the way for 'gauche' Gordon

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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.

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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.

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