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Give us an inch and we'll take a mile: Confident Croatia coach Slaven Bilic

Bilic banks on Jelavic as he plots one last hurrah

No deals will be on offer from Croatia in Poznan today – and none was even tentatively mentioned by the visitors one famously wet night at Wembley in 2007, lest Davor Suker's remarks be misunderstood. But the country's all-time leading goalscorer did express surprise that no England player came forward with a pragmatic suggestion when, with Peter Crouch's chest-and-volley goal midway through the second half, an equality was established that would have seen both sides safely through to the European finals that summer.

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A Viennese whirl through the life of Klimt

The Austrian capital is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth. Adrian Mourby explores the city he called home

Magdalena Kozena/ Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall, London

It’s extraordinary how the symbiosis of spirit and rightness of timbre between an artist and a composer can turn a recital around.

Magdalena Kozena/Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall, London

Too much flighty drama in mezzo-soprano's performance

On The Eve: The Jews Of Europe Before The Second World War, By Bernard Wasserstein

This moving and scrupulous history recreates a world on the edge of its extinction.

Medina: 'I was never offered anything except sexy bad girls,' she recalled

Patricia Medina: Actress who found fame in Hollywood as a siren in costume dramas

The actress Patricia Medina was a beautiful brunette whose striking features were ideally suited to costume melodrama. British-born, she had a modest career in the UK before moving to Hollywood with her first husband, the actor Richard Greene. Though she played leading lady to such stars as Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Alan Ladd, she never attained major-star status, though she was a spirited performer and voluptuous siren in several swashbucklers and occasionally revealed a latent flair for comedy. Her second husband was another actor, Joseph Cotten, whose prolific career included Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt, Duel in the Sun and The Third Man, and theirs was considered one of Hollywood's happiest marriages, lasting until his death in 1995.

Breathing (15)

Starring: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lishka

24-hour room service: 25hours Hotel, Vienna

Roll up, a chic circus is in town

George Michael has returned home to the UK after leaving hospital in Vienna

George Michael announces new tour dates

"Fighting fit" George Michael will return to the stage later this year following his battle for life with pneumonia.

Legendary physicist Albert Einstein left letters that reveal his thoughts on the relationship between Arabs and Jews

Einstein's desire for a lasting peace in the Holy Land revealed

Given that she had had a two-year affair with the married Albert Einstein when she was 23 and he was 44, and that she was a Jew desperate to escape an Austria overrun by the Nazis, what resounds down the years about the letter Betty Neumann sent to Einstein in America is its restraint and delicacy.

Legendary physicist Albert Einstein left letters that reveal his thoughts on the relationship between Arabs and Jews

Even Einstein couldn't think of a peace plan

An archive of Einstein's letters reveal his thoughts on a problem he couldn't solve: how Arabs and Jews can live together. From Jerusalem, Donald Macintyre reports

New York Philharmonic Orchestra/ Gilbert, Barbican Hall

For the New York Philharmonic to have embarked upon a London residency without Mahler in their portfolio would have been unconscionable.

UN sees possible crimes against humanity in Syria

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused the Syrian regime of potential crimes against humanity as activists reported fresh violence in Daraa, the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted 11 months ago.

A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg, 100 mins (15)

Do go through, Fräulein Knightley – the doctor will undress you now
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