Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

Debussy gives grandstand display

Perhaps more than any other sport, the defining events of British horseracing are shaped by their setting. Horses, jockeys and punters must adapt daily to bewildering variations, from the remote horizons of Newmarket to the psychedelic whirligig of Chester. Sure enough, the greatest of all races owes everything to its topographical idiosyncrasies.

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Last surviving Great War veterans mark Armistice day

Three of the last surviving veterans of the First World War joined serving soldiers in current conflicts today to mark the 90th anniversary of the day peace returned to Europe.

Wealth Check: Should I switch to a new lender when I move?

Alexander Bennett, a book editor, lives with his wife and 18-month-old son in a three-bedroom house in Crawley. The family are comfortably off, but plan to move home next year and have at least three concerns about their finances.

Resolution Life closes in on £3.5bn deal with Abbey

Resolution Life now expects to finalise a £3.5bn deal to buy the life assurance arm of Abbey from its Spanish parent bank Santander "within the next two weeks", according to sources at the company. The insurer is expected to launch a rights issue to raise up to £1.5bn in order to complete the purchase.

Wie's European Masters date drives men to despair

Michelle Wie, after Tiger Woods the two most sought-after words in golf, will become the first female to appear in a full European Tour event when she tees it up in the European Masters in September. The news was announced with excitement yesterday, although behind the "ker-ching" of the tills there was a discernible gnashing of teeth.

Leading article: The costs of prevention and cure

Heart disease accounts for 40 per cent of all deaths in Britain, yet it often seems the poor relation so far as high-profile medical research and fund-raising go. Perhaps because it afflicts so many people, a heart condition often seems to be regarded as a fact of life rather than something that can and should be tackled as a national priority.

Stamps, poem, and royal train lined up as 'low-key' affair goes off rails

Concern over titles, a court battle over the ceremony, controversy over the royal train: Charles feels the heat Down Under
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