Bees can be upset by cold, or any jostling that disturbs their normal behaviour. Photograph: Alan Betson
The bee and the western wind

Peter Wheeler and Sighle Lynd – she a daughter of Irish writer Robert Lynd – lived on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath and had a particular(...)

Money has won out, further strengthening the hand of the English and French clubs, who were prepared to crash and burn the European game, but will now have greater means to cherry pick the best players from elsewhere, until such time as their next hissy fit. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

A working party, the make-up of which was agreed at last week’s meeting between all the stakeholders in a new European Cup, will hold a key mee(...)

Peter Wheeler leaving the ERC meeting at the  Westbury Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The war of words between ERC and the English and French clubs over the future structure of European competitions intensified on Friday, with the ERC r(...)

Peter Wheeler, representing Premiership Rugby, leaving after yesterday’s ERC stakeholders meeting in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Celtic and Italian representatives at yesterday’s ERC Board meeting made it clear to their Premiership Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby counterp(...)