• Australia v India: second Test, day two – live! 15/12/2018
    Updates from the second day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 7.45am GMT 37th over: India 75-2 (Pujara 24, Kohli 41) Starc maiden to Pujara. Sorry, was there cricket happening? I got distracted watching this. 7.34am GMT 36th over: India 75-2 (Pujara 24, Kohli 41) There’s a review against Pujara. Cummins hit him on the back […]
  • Royal Mail queues lengthen as depots close across UK 15/12/2018
    The service’s cost-cutting has led to a storm of protests – not least in south-east LondonIf you face a long wait in the queue at your local parcels office to pick up a missed Christmas delivery this weekend, spare a thought for those living in one part of south-east London who say they have endured months of postal woes after Royal Mail closed their depot.L […]
  • ‘Childcare is one of our biggest expenses – nursery is £700 a month’ 15/12/2018
    Jacqueline Nisbet on how she balances running four pubs with the needs of her young familyMy husband and I work in the hospitality industry, running four traditional pubs and one restaurant in Edinburgh. We’ve been doing it for more than eight years and life is hectic – especially as I’ve just returned to work after baby number two and trying to grow a busin […]
  • Four quick and easy Christmas dessert recipes 15/12/2018
    These fruity puddings need just 10 minutes of prep: marmalade tart, roast apples in calvados cream, lemony biscotti, and a sumptuous custard and pearsPrep 10 minCook 35 minServes 4-6 Continue reading...
  • Land of the Living by Georgina Harding review – a soldier’s return 15/12/2018
    Tense and illuminating, this masterly meditation on trauma, survival and the idea of home moves between the Burmese jungle and the bleak flatlands of NorfolkThe fifth novel from the Orange prize shortlisted Georgina Harding opens in a landscape of the most arrestingly beautiful exoticism, a Shangri-La of mist and orchids and bright birds, with mossy valleys, […]
  • India: eleven die after eating 'toxic' rice at temple 15/12/2018
    Officials believe a foul-smelling tomato rice and flavoured water offered at Hindu temple in Karnataka was contaminatedEleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony in India, a health official said.Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across va […]
  • New Year’s Eve: 10 last-minute city breaks in Europe 15/12/2018
    Ditch Auld Lang Syne and greet 2019 in a new setting: concerts and walks in Madeira, markets in Vienna, skating in Budapest … and fireworks everywhereWhy go Hungary’s capital sparkles in winter and likes to party, so it’s a great place to see in the new year. There’s festive cheer on tap, with fairylight-strewn streets, chestnut sellers and ice-skating in Ci […]
  • Storm ahead? Here’s how to prepare for a financial crisis 15/12/2018
    As the IMF warns a downturn could be coming, we examine how you can protect yourselfEvery 10 years or so a financial crisis hits global markets – and it’s 10 years since the last one. This week the IMF warned that not only are the storm clouds of the next global financial crisis gathering, but also that the world financial system is unprepared for another do […]
  • Recipes for classic German Christmas bakes 15/12/2018
    To grace your table, a traditional fruit cake, a strudel, fruit bread and iced cinnamon starsPrep 45 minCook/cool 2 hr 15 minServes 16-18 Continue reading...
  • Why are insurers still turning away LGBT customers? 15/12/2018
    Companies routinely reject applicants with Aids or who are HIV-positive – it’s time for changeWhich is the least likely group to buy insurance? Twenty-five-year-olds on a stag weekend in Barcelona? Nineteen-year-olds recklessly driving without cover? No, it’s the LGBT community, according to Steve Wardlaw, head of innovative new insurer, Emerald Life. “There […]