Ahead of tonight’s mouth-watering Champions League clash with Real Madrid, PSG’s 6ft 5in Italian shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma talks to Jason Burt about training with Messi, ‘mad’ goalkeepers – and breaking English hearts
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Sport briefing: Wimbledon poised to let Djokovic play
Wimbledon is set to allow Novak Djokovic to defend his title despite his refusal to be vaccinated against coronavirus. The Serbian declared on Tuesday he would rather sacrifice his title than be jabbed but Tim Henman, a member of the board of the All England Club, has said he does not foresee any ban being imposed on Djokovic. Oliver Brown says the player should be vaccinated, but absolutely should not be banned. Meanwhile, Great Britain’s dismal Winter Olympics was summed up by the image of Britain’s duo sliding dramatically over the finish line inside an upturned sled following an 83mph crash in the two-man bobsleigh. Earlier, Russian teenager Kamila Valieva shook off the doping saga that has engulfed her during the Games, dazzling cheering spectators.
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Business briefing: Wages in worst decline since 2014
Real wages fell 1.2pc in the final months of 2021 as pay failed to keep up with soaring inflation in the worst drop in living standards in eight years. The average wage, excluding bonuses, rose 3.6pc from a year earlier, compared with the current rate of inflation of 5.4pc, the Office for National Statistics said. Experts have warned more pain is on the way in April with energy bills set to add around £700 to annual costs at the same time as the Chancellor’s National Insurance raid hits pay packets.
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Tonight starts now
Cyrano de Bergerac, review | Don’t mention the nose. That’s the warning offered to anyone in the vicinity of Cyrano de Bergerac, who, in James McAvoy’s fiercely charismatic portrayal of him, is a powder keg of a man: one quip about his legendarily large proboscis and he’s apt to explode. Read Marianka Swains five-star review of Jamie Lloyd’s electrifying reinvention of the French classic that is back for another West End run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and how the show’s star is magnificent.
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And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Why organic food’s gone out of fashion | Vegan, biodynamic, regenerative… there are so many new food trends jostling for our attention. Boudicca Fox Leonard examine if organic still matters.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.