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

Dance: Centripetal force

There is no ballet at all announced for London until June, but enthusiasts have found the solution: just take the train or bus to see Birmingham Royal Ballet in its home theatre. The new season starting this week is as imaginative as ever.

Racing: Private Peace books ticket to Cheltenham

Private Peace earned a crack at the Royal SunAlliance (Novice) Chase at the Cheltenham Festival by winning the Baileys Arkle Challenge Cup at Leopardstown yesterday. Now the winner of four of his six races over fences this season, Private Peace responded bravely to Charlie Swan's urging to catch Mr Baxter Basics on the run-in to score by a head.

TV CHOICE: Previews

Fortean TV (8pm C4) Stigmatics, a Dutch Elvis-impersonator who claims he was zapped and possessed by the spirit of Presley whilst on a visit to Graceland, and the first ever recorded hybrid between a swan and a goose - alive and well and living in a swan sanctuary in Eton.

Racing: Favourite out of Ladbroke

The best-backed horse has been pulled out of tomorrow's big race. Richard Edmondson reports.

Racing: Swan has dispensation to attend Court

The favourite for Saturday's big race has at last got a rider. Richard Edmondson reports.

Going to extremes for the company

Trainers brave the South Pole - and all in the cause of management skills

Racing: Istabraq cruising towards Champion

A top-flight British contender for the Champion Hurdle has yet to emerge, but in Ireland it is a different story.

Theatre: There was an old Merchant of Venice

The trouble with the Royal Shakespeare Company is that it does so much Shakespeare. No, that's wrong: the trouble with the RSC is that it does so little Shakespeare, but does it too often. The tourists and school parties who provide a large slice of its revenue, mean wheeling out the big guns - Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, the jollier comedies.

Health: American studies confirm that sperm counts have halved over past 50 years

Sperm counts are falling faster than has been thought, according to the latest US surveys. Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, examines whether modern living is to blame for declining male fertility.

Letter: Kangaroo carnival

Sir: Having reported Sir Les Patterson's intrusion into an encore of "The Swan" ("Sir Les on song", 4 November), Nicholas Williams cannot resist adding: "At last: a marsupial in The Carnival of the Animals!"

Football: Swans still waiting for a saviour

FAN'S EYE VIEW: No 228 Swansea

Rural: Winter calls, from the ends of the earth

It is autumn, and geese and swans are embarking on their migration south, steering by well-remembered landmarks, or by the sun and stars.

Football: Gray adds a touch of class to Bury

Bury 1 Tranmere Rovers 0

High noon turns to high camp at Hambro shoot-out

After 25 years in the chair, Lord Hambro would have chosen different circumstances in which to bow out from his eponymous banking group, but he wasted no time addressing the only issue exercising a packed annual meeting. High Noon at Tower Hill, it had been billed, and Charlie came out guns ablazing.

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