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Anyone with a passion for cobnuts needs to keep an eye on the Freeview spin-off channels these days. Cobnuts – for those of you who missed last week's entertaining documentary about Rachel Johnson's attempts to revamp The Lady magazine – was the nickname she gave to the idiosyncratic articles that were a feature of the organ she inherited, which included such urgent topics as the history of the cucumber and the virtues of the cobnut (hence the name). Rachel didn't much care for cobnuts and tried to get rid of them, only to discover that her audience had a strong affection for pieces with no rationale but their own curiosity. Cobnuts aren't generated by someone's publicity agenda or trying to ride a wave in the zeitgeist or piggy-backing on a celebrity pronouncement. They're just there because interest coagulated to create them.

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Amy Williams arrived back in London last night admitting her gold medal at the Vancouver Games felt "absolutely amazing".

Winter Olympics in Brief: Razzoli follows the Tomba tradition to take gold for Italy

Giuliano Razzoli gave Italy its first gold medal of the Vancouver Games with victory in the men's slalom. Razzoli, making his Olympics debut, led after the first leg and clinched gold with a combined time of one minute 39.32 seconds to become the first Italian man to win an Alpine medal since Alberto Tomba in 1994. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic took the silver 0.16sec back and the bronze went to Sweden's Andre Myhrer, 0.44sec adrift. Austria's Benjamin Raich, the defending champion, was fourth but the American Bode Miller lost his chance of becoming the first man to win four Alpine medals at the same Olympics when he straddled the fifth gate in Saturday's foggy conditions. "It's a dream, I worked a long time for this day. It's incredible," said Razzoli.

Sport on TV: Curlers simply swept aside as Paula writes her name in snow

They should call it toe-curling. As if the crawling pace of the play isn't bad enough – and that business of setting up a "guard" so that the next man can just knock it away seems especially absurd; what sort of guard is that? – Great Britain's (or rather Scotland's) women were off kilter from the start and the men, the world champions and favourites, were beaten by a bunch of kids. Swedes 7 Neeps 6.

Minins ready for speed trap

Driving a bobsleigh through Whistler's gut-wrenching turns at 90mph was probably not the advice Janis Minins was given by his surgeon after having his appendix removed on the day the Games opened.

Britain's bobsleigh medal hopes fade

Nicola Minichiello's hopes of claiming Olympic gold on the same Whistler track as Amy Williams suffered a blow when she trailed in 10th place after the first two runs of the women's bobsleigh.

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Inside Lines: The (n)ice girl who has an entire nation whooshing on a star

According to the BBC, Amy Williams was unknown before winning the bob skeleton gold medal in Vancouver – but not to readers of this newspaper. Exactly a year ago we tipped her as the one to watch in the Winter Olympics in our Going for Gold series. The chemistry professor's daughter from Bath told us: "I know in my heart I can beat everyone out there." Now she has, wiping the ice with them, and Britain has a new star, one who took up one of the sport's most hazardous pursuits as "a bit of a giggle" and called the 90mph bone-shaking skeleton in her cupboard "Arthur". Williams has a personality as bubbly as her coiffure (her nickname is "Curly Wurly") and the temperament to handle all the pressure that inevitably will come her way as the nation's latest Golden Girl. A few things perhaps you didn't know about the former 400-metre runner: she plays the violin, loves horses, makes wedding cakes and tiaras as a hobby and hopes to get an art degree so she can open her own gallery. And she doesn't have a boyfriend: "I'm still looking for that rich polo player," she says. Britain is about to fall in love with Amy. In times when sport is being dragged through the mud, it's refreshing to be able to applaud the skill and courage of the nice girl with the winning streak.

You Write the Caption - 19/02/10

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Vancouver exploded in wild celebration and exhaled a huge sigh of relief on Sunday after moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau became the first Canadian to strike Olympic gold at home.

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