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The best since Bradman? How does Smith do it?

The scale of the damage done to England by Steve Smith’s double century in the third Ashes Test is only matched by the sense of inevitability that the Australia skipper would get a monster score when he had only a few runs to his name. Smith added an unbeaten 229 to the 141 not out he made in the first Test and averages more than 200 in the series. He is winning the Ashes for his country. Not only that, but he is underlining his status as the number one…

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The 19 players with the best minutes per goal ratio in the Premier League this season

Friday, December 15, 2017 There has been no shortage of goals in the Premier League this season with nets bulging 444 times already. Manchester City have, unsurprisingly, been the division’s biggest contributor to that total, bagging 52. Forwards across English football’s top-flight have enjoyed stellar campaigns in front of goal as they bid to help their respective clubs achieve their targets. But which forward has proven to be the most clinical when it comes to minutes on the pitch? Click the right arrow, above, to see which forward has the best…

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The sale whisperer: Sydney's best shopping December 15-22

It’s here, that dreaded week before Christmas where you have to pick up last-minute gifts for those tricky loved ones. Lucky there are sales, new stores, such as Mara & Mine’s first boutique, as well as activations around the city. Sales and Events Guide If you need a last-minute Christmas or New Year’s Eve outfit, Sass and Bide is holding a massive end-of-season sale. From now until January, the boldly spirited Australian brand will have up to 50 per cent off selected styles instore and online including signature ready-to-wear, denim, sparkles and accessories….

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My best friend turned into a troll

When most people think of the word ‘troll’ they probably picture some kind of faceless keyboard warrior, huddled over a laptop, hurling out insults. Perhaps it’s an angry teen, tucked away in a basement, starting arguments with strangers while their mum prepares dinner.  But what happens when your idea of a troll goes from worst nightmare to best friend?  What happens when your best friend turns into a troll? Photo: Stocksy  A friend of mine has recently taken to the troll life with some enthusiasm. At first, it was gradual –…

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The sale whisperer: Melbourne's best shopping December 14-21

If you’re bored with Christmas shopping at the same old stores, these short-term digs pack a lot of punch. First up, cult jewellery designer Lucy Folk, who was born in Melbourne but now bases herself between Bondi and Paris, has moved into a 1930s building off the main Windsor drag. Pick up jewellery, clothing and gifts from her label and some of her handpicked favourites from Australia and overseas, or just go to ogle the light-filled showroom. Some of the brands include Basket Case, Lalla, Marysia, Lemaire, Aalto and Nick Fouquet, who’s famous for hats. 151 Albert…

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News: Grotta Giusti recognised as World’s Best Thermal Grotto Spa by World Spa Awards

Italian Hospitality Collection is delighted to announce that Grotta Giusti, Tuscany, has been voted the World’s Best Thermal Grotto Spa at the prestigious World Spa Awards 2017. Grotta Giusti, the historic Tuscan spa retreat, is home to an ancient Grotto – a millennial thermal cave and a thermal underground hot spring lake – which famed composer, Giuseppe Verdi, regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world”. The expert team at Grotta Giusti believe that the therapeutic side of wellness is paramount; the medical staff specialise in diverse techniques including diet,…

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My Ten Best Albums of 2017

I would like to say—without irony, and perhaps at the risk of sounding as if I’m drafting a suicide note—that it has been a true and remarkable pleasure to write about music and culture for The New Yorker in 2017, and especially to share that work with a readership so intelligent and game. The job occasioned some strange days. I shared a carton of lo mein with the photographer William Eggleston. I slept (poorly) in Donald Trump’s childhood home. I found another person who resembles the same celebrity I resemble….

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