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If you are reaching for your handkerchief it might be too late to stop the spread of flu, research suggests.

Theatre: The truth about swans and ducks

HONK! THE UGLY DUCKLING NT OLIVIER LONDON

Racing: Istabraq flop fails to deter O'Brien

THEY SAY that no-one ever remembers who finished second, so the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse yesterday must be the exception to prove the rule. It was Limestone Lad who was led into the winner's enclosure afterwards, but all the attention was instead directed to the berth next door, where Ista-braq, the champion hurdler, was being unsaddled as a loser for only the third time in his 21-race career. There will be no greater surprise in jumps racing all year.

Racing: Swan revels in his ride of rare grace

Sue Montgomery says a classy duo can bring the Fairyhouse down

Exclusive: Ben Johnson in comeback

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City Life: Mexico City - All-women force drives away traffic corruption

TRAFFIC TAILBACKS are one of the torments of driving in Mexico City, swarming with more than 3.5 million registered vehicles. To many traffic police, each idling car represents an opportunity. For a small payment, called a mordida or little bite, they can choose not to write out violations and are quite happy to pocket the change.

Racing: O'Brien hails his conquering hero

Istabraq's second Champion Hurdle win thrusts the equine idol from Ballydoyle into the realm of legend and song. By Andrew Longmore

THE GUILLOTINE: No 8: ANNA PAVLOVA

Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last

The whooper has landed

Wild swans have arrived from the frozen tundra wastes to feast and bask in the relative warmth of a British winter.

Dance: Spicing up love's young dream

This time last year, when English National Ballet needed a bit of publicity, they had only to ask the Princess of Wales to sit and be photographed at the centre of their 60-swan Swan Lake. This year, they've had to make their own publicity.

monday's books

Snowblind by Robert Sabbag (Rebel Inc) The Fruit Palace by Charles Nicholl (Vintage)

Happy ever after in a little crooked house

Followers of feng shui - not to mention planners - would be horrified. But to Marc and Tia Swan the preservation of their dilapidated 17th-century cottage meant respecting its wonky angles and lumpy collapse. In short, they preferred the wrinkles to a facelift. By Stephen Goodwin. Photographs by Oscar Paisley
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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

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