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England's Alastair Cook Gets More Picturesque As He Gets Older

Cricket Stumps

It may still be the case that the third Test in Kolkata is marked by some defining contribution – a second-innings dash, a short-leg masterclass – from England's middle-order craftsman Ian Bell, a player who reached a plateau of gorgeously well-grooved cricketing maturity 18 months ago, only to suffer an unexpected and continuing regression.

Tories Sought Donors' Cash to Fight Lib Dem Mansion Tax

London Terraces

The Conservative party privately sent letters to Tory donors and wealthy homeowners promising to defeat Liberal Democrat plans for a mansion tax at the same time as their coalition partners thought they were negotiating on a version of the proposal ahead of the autumn statement, it emerged on Friday.

Bill Murray: Actor, Hipster, Genius, FDR… God

Bill Murray

Those of us who believe Bill Murray to be God are quite sincere in our belief. We're not just saying it to be nice. What otherwise are we to make of his majestic inaccessibility, his lack of an agent or a publicist or even a telephone number?

This Week's New Films

Digital Video Recording

It's a cult movie formula to die for: Pulp Fiction meets the Coens meets Adaptation, with postmodern high-jinks, wacky crime thrills and lashings of irreverent comedy.