Sting operation nets prolific Toronto bike thief

Among residents of the trendy art and design district in Toronto, it was hardly a secret that the bearded man who owned the Bike Clinic on Queen Street was a bit of a renegade. The police had an idea he might be up to no good too. But the day they finally raided his shop brought more than a few surprises. 2,865 of them in fact.

How do I look?: Alice Glass, Singer, age 20

My look is more grandmother's leftovers than heroin chic. Besides, I don't talk about drugs. This skirt was my grandma's. It's kind of too big on me. She didn't leave me any of her cool clothes from the Forties, just her cheap polyester stuff.

Preview: Crime Writing Festival, Crown Hotel. Harrogate

Secrets from an international man of mystery

Benitez says title would be pinnacle of his career

Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, knows that winning the Premier League title would represent the greatest achievement of his career. The Anfield side have not won England's top division since 1990 as their arch-rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have dominated in the subsequent 18 years.

Banahan helps Saxons into final

England Saxons will play Scotland A in this weekend's Churchill Cup final. The English second string beat Ireland A 34-12 in Toronto on Saturday.

Consolation, By Michael Redhill

So many deaths, and so much earth over them, and how much we forget: this is the chant beneath Michael Redhill's novel of archaeology and loss.

Jeff Healey: Electric guitar virtuoso

Nobody played guitar like Jeff Healey. A big man with cascading blond hair who was as laid-back and funny off-stage as he was demonic on it, he'd sit at the front of the stage with a Fender Stratocaster perched on his lap and unleash the blisteringly intense blues rock that made him a major international star in the late 1980s. Adored by fans for the uncompromising emotional power of his band, his distinctive playing and bruising voice, he was also revered by his peers, who acknowledged him as a highly individual electric guitar virtuoso.

Talivaldis Kenins: Profilic composer exiled from Latvia in the Second World War who found a home in Canada

Talivaldis Kenins was one of an entire generation of Baltic composers whose promising careers were nipped in the bud when their countries were crushed between the imperialist ambitions of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Kenins found exile in North America, becoming a valued feature of Canadian musical life. He was one of the few to live long enough to see freedom restored to his home country, and to return to enjoy the acclaim of his compatriots.

How Feist became first among equals

The Canadian singer-songwriter has transcended Broken Social Scene to become a solo star. James Mcnair talks to her

Food of the Week: Eating on the move

Dine in transit and you can sate your appetite and see the sights at the same time.

Dom Joly: Taming my inner political animal

Oh Jesus, someone had clearly spiked my tea. I was starting to hallucinate. I was in a tiny television studio and a hairy Scot in braces was asking me a question. I answered, I know not what, and then it got really weird. Opposite me, sat on a really small sofa, were Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott, squashed together like some weird Siamese twin experiment. Portillo was looking right at me. All I could see was this pair of enormous, fleshy lips.

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Rolling Stones, Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto

Start me up! Stones kick off world tour
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links