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The Insider: Miniature gardening (minus the garden)

Who needs flowerpots? Whether you're planting indoors or on a windowsill, patio or balcony – or even in a garden with (like mine) minimal flowerbed space – take tips from a lovely new book, Teeny, Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy (£14,99, Cico). It is stuffed with inventive ideas for weeny things you can turn into quirky planters. Such as…

Hamish Rutherford defies England test auditionees in New Zealand

Tour match, Queenstown (day two of four) New Zealand XI 224-6 v England 426

Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been in the right place at the right time

Marco Rubio’s star rises as Republicans look for a renaissance candidate

If US presidential politics is largely about being in the right place at the right time, then Marco Rubio most certainly is.

The former England captain Michael Vaughan launches Yorkshire Tea’s deal at Lord’s yesterday

Stephen Brenkley: A storm in a sponsored cup... ECB stirs up controversy by selling off the tea break

Tea has always been archaic yet sacrosanct. As an institution it has embodied the entire ethos of a type of game that probably did not exist, except perhaps at Blandings: at 20 minutes in length, neither one thing nor the other.

Five-Minute Memoir: William Nicholson recalls being driven over the edge by a white van

This is a tale of suffering, redemption and white vans. Late last year I needed to transport some furniture from our house in Sussex to my son's rooms in central London. I should have paid a man to do it for me, but foolishly confident in my driving ability, I decided to hire a van and drive it myself. It was a white Ford Transit 280 panel van, which if you've ever driven you'll know presents special challenges to the driver. It's long and wide and you can't see out of the back. You never really know how close you are to anything else on the road. Turning corners brings with it new surprises every time. Overtaking becomes an act of reckless abandon.

Stranded Somerset drivers forced to bed down in Nether Stowey village hall

Thirty people were forced to spend the night in a village hall after being rescued by police when they became stranded in their cars because of snow.

Australia remain in control against Sri Lanka

Report from Day Two of the Third Test

The Republican Speaker has offered tax rate rises for the rich

Fiscal cliff: Partisan differences narrow in negotiations over US budget

Republican Speaker and White House offer concessions as deadline for automatic cuts nears

Australia claim late wickets to earn victory over Sri Lanka

Australia win first Test in Hobart

Pair jailed over witches' coven 'ritualistic' sex abuse

Two men accused of being part of a paedophile ring involving murdered “witch” Peter Solheim have been given lengthy jail sentences for their part in “ritualistic, sickening” sex abuse of young girls.

The Walking Dead Episode 5: No Time Left – Review

A fitting finale of a series committed to the emotional experience.
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Ricky Ponting plays final innings for Australia

Australian legend makes a disappointing eight

All so homely until a bungling groundsman lets the cash out of the bag

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Amazon takes on supermarkets with huge growth in groceries

Amazon has launched an assault on Britain's supermarkets with a sevenfold increase in the groceries it offers online in barely two years.

Warren Gatland (left) watches training with assistant Rob Howley

Injured Carter's withdrawal gives Wales glimmer of hope

All Blacks' talismanic fly-half out with ankle injury as coach Gatland returns to lead Dragons

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Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
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Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

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Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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