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Richie Benaud: a personal reflection on a colossus of cricket


When you’ve grown accustomed to seeing and hearing someone on TV – especially someone with a voice both commanding and calming like Richie Benaud’s – often they appear in real life much smaller than how you’d built them up in your imagination; more like the rest of us than you’d perhaps anticipated.

Labour moves ahead of Tories on the day the polls turned

Ed Miliband with tea

The strongest, if still tentative, sign that the Conservatives’ narrow and negative campaign is misfiring emerged on Thursday when three polls showed Labour moving ahead and, for the first time, one poll found that Ed Miliband had more positive personal approval ratings than David Cameron.