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The stellar explosion is the closest to be spotted since 1987 and will provide a 'galactic yardstick' for astronomers judging distances across the universe

Handicappers swing from yesterday's hero

Racing

Bailey swaggers as feud simmers

BREEDERS' CUP: Swinburn rides Halling in search of retribution as an American rival professes the supremacy of Cigar

Belmont ratings swell Lake's prospects

The cast list for the Breeders' Cup, the New York spectacular that will bring the Flat season to a climax at Belmont Park on Saturday week, was unveiled yesterday.

Visual Arts TILDA SWINTON Serpentine Gallery, London

"Please come and go quietly," reads the sign on the wall of the Serpentine Gallery and, for once, visitors seem to be taking notice. Their light tread, though, is not in deference to authority, but out of respect for the person whose slight form exerts such an extraordinary power over this room and forms the centrepiece of "The Maybe", one of this year's most inspired shows.

American yuppies savour the aroma of a backlash

Smoking/ the luxury cigar craze

The model for things to come?

Slowly, slowly the reasons for not paying for Sky are whittled away. Tonight (9pm, Sky One) comes another; Models Inc, the latest glossy soap from the Spelling stable. There are those of us who have worn black since Alexis plunged over the bannister in the last episode of Dynasty: there hasn't been a melodrama since to match it. Now - just maybe - the wait is over.

Track exit for Bull

America's Horse of the Year for 1994, Holy Bull, has his left front leg in a steel cast and has been retired from racing after being pulled up in a race at Gulfstream Park, Florida, on Saturday.

Paper scorns Elysee's revenge

THE French newspaper Le Monde has struck back at a confidant of President Francois Mitterrand who suggested that the newspaper's founder had been a Second World War collaborator with the Germans.

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Travel: White-knuckles on the big clipper: Michael Bayfield found and lost his sea legs when he sailed on the clipper Albatros from Norfolk to the Netherlands

Clinging to the side of my bunk in the pitch blackness, I felt as if I was being stood on my head one second and on my feet the next, as the ship pitched and rolled in the heavy sea. 'You should sleep lying along the length of the boat,' Martin, one of the crew, had told me shortly before I climbed down to the tiny cabin. Now, with my bunk pointing port to starboard, I realised why.

Chess: The world is now a less smelly place

THE HASTINGS Congress at the turn of the year was, despite an enforced change of venue and a lack of commercial sponsorship, generally a happy and successful event.

Obituary: Zino Davidoff

Zino Davidoff, tobacco merchant: born Kiev 11 February 1906; married (one daughter); died Geneva 14 January 1994.

Cigar king dies aged 88

Zino Davidoff, the Russian-born cigar king whose partnership with Cuba made him the leading supplier of hand- rolled Havanas, died aged 88, Reuter reports from Geneva.

Obituary: Anthony Burgess

MAY I add to Roger Lewis's obituary of Anthony Burgess (26 November) something on what enormous fun Burgess was to be with? writes Susan Hill.

Jam today, blood on your suit tomorrow

'I'M afraid,' wrote Lord McAlpine in the Spectator, 'that most Tory money is raised by the selling of jam, more often than not sold for less than it will cost the donor to make the stuff.' So we seem to be looking, given a Tory turnover of pounds 26m in 1992-93, at a Tory jam industry of at least pounds 13m.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links