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Cretan surprises

The Greeks like to say that Chania is their version of Venice. But there are no canals or exorbitantly-priced shoes and you don’t keep getting lost so its a gross exaggeration. Its narrow, winding...

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A family affair

  My historian sister Bettany and I had made a holiday pact. I, a blinkered ex-sportsman, would try to open my eyes to Greek culture if she would indulge in some physical activity.  But...

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Williamson: the soft extinguisher of hope

Of the four men currently dominating the ICC batting rankings, Kane Williamson is the least conspicuous. The jerky, fidgety Steve Smith accumulates runs with robotic relentlessness, Virat Kohli bristles with impetuousness at the crease,...

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NON STOP TO PERTH AND BACK

The best programme on Australian TV is the weather forecast. An impossibly tanned presenter in a floral shirt flashes his bleached-teeth smile at the camera and waves his hand airly about a map of...

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A new delivery

A jellyfish is the oldest multi-organ animal on the planet – it has existed for over 500m years. It has never evolved its basic structure which has allowed it to survive, but also consigned...

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Good morning Doctor Kumar

I walk down a quiet, Jasmine-scented road in the early morning sunshine and through the gates of a rambling villa, set in verdant hills, its pleasant, leafy garden spreading out on all sides with...

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Secrets of Swing

Swing bowling. A phenomenon as baffling to explain as it is to negotiate. The young Yorkshire seamer Ben Coad has already seized 22 wickets with it in three early season matches for his county....

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A six point plan to fix English cricket

  Twenty years ago last month the ECB was formed.  With some fanfare, the then chairman, Lord MacLaurin, announced the launch of ‘Raising the Standard’ – a master plan aimed at revitalising the game...