'Daily sex for week boosts conception chance'

Daily sex keeps a man's sperm spry and is recommended for couples wanting a baby, research has shown.

Giant bats to be evicted from their Sydney roost

Flying foxes are damaging rare trees at Botanic Gardens

Sydney blackout exposes flaw in terror network

A major blackout that wreaked havoc during rush hour in Australia's largest city has exposed a flaw in the city's terrorism warning system, the government acknowledged today.

Terrified passengers duck for cover as biker wars erupt at Sydney airport

A biker war erupted in front of terrified travellers at Sydney airport yesterday as rival gang members fought a pitched battle inside the domestic terminal that ended in one man being bludgeoned to death.

Album: Walton, Cello Concerto – Wispelway / Tate, (Onyx)

Pieter Wispelway's recital is a thing of wild beauty. Here is William Walton at his least superficial, in the bold planes of his 1956 Cello Concerto and the bitter "Passacaglia".

Australian stars line up for bushfire victims

Some of the biggest names in Australian music, past and present, took to the stage today for Australia's largest-ever fund-raising concert and to show support for victims of the nation's deadly bushfires.

Cleaner water blamed for spate of shark attacks

Cleaner water in Sydney Harbour and off nearby ocean beaches is being blamed for a series of shark attacks, with a 15-year-old surfer badly mauled yesterday in the third such incident in three weeks.

Jennifer Lynch: Life with David and the turkey of the decade

The amputee romance ‘Boxing Helena’ was never going to win an Oscar – but the director Jennifer Lynch could not have foreseen the torrent of abuse that would follow its release. And that’s when her problems really began

Album: Howling Bells, Radio Wars, (Independiente)

The second Howling Bells album is a bigger, brasher beast than the Sydney quartet's debut.

Arctic Monkeys, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

Monkeys up for it Down Under

The search is on for Aussie truckers with a sensitive side

Poetry group needs three long-haul drivers to wax lyrical on dust, sweat, possums, and life on the road

Neighbours want Kidman to take her yacht away with her

It is one of Sydney's most prestigious apartment buildings, right on the harbour and home to a clutch of local celebrities, including, until recently, Nicole Kidman. Problem is, when the Hollywood star sold up, she left her A$4.5m (£2.1m) yacht behind – and her former neighbours are furious about it.

England fury at 'dirty tricks' ahead of Kiwi showdown

This World Cup gets worse for England who have been accused of failing to do enough to promote today's semi-final against New Zealand here. "It's the semi-final of the World Cup and we all have a duty to do the best for the game," said the Kiwis' coach Stephen Kearney at his final press conference before the game.

The Opposite Bastard, By Simon Packham

A ghastly cast of oddballs makes a seductive read

Sydney brothel-goers lose a Touch of Class

Cheaper rivals force bordello out of business after 40 years of infamy
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