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The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

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Album: Xiu Xiu, Always (Bella Union)

Xiu Xiu have been knocking around under the radar for a decade now, and Always may well be the Californians' finest yet.

Hyundai i30 - First Drive

Hyundai i30 Style Nav Blue Drive


Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission: Six-speed manual (optional six-speed automatic)
Power: 128 PS at 4000 rpm
Torque: 260 Nm at between 1900 and 2750 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 74.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 100 g/km
Top speed: 117 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 10.9 seconds
Price: £20,295

Vieux Farka Touré, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. A gig that’s so inspiring it leaves you with a lasting smile etched on your face and a burning desire to download every track the artist has ever recorded. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Vieux Farka Touré.

Asil Nadir 'stole to boost share price'

Tycoon Asil Nadir used millions of pounds he stole from his Polly Peck empire to bolster its share price, the Old Bailey heard today.

Di Canio unrepentant after referee's censure

He may have been sent off for the third time this season, and is facing another FA charge, but the Swindon Town manager, Paolo Di Canio, insists he won't curb his fiery Italian ways.

Primark and Asos show the way with storming figures

The discount fashion chain Primark and online specialist Asos posted strong sales yesterday, reinforcing their status as two of the retail sector's best performers in recent years.

James Moore: Essar Energy's power cut shows why we need to keep tabs on those at the top

'Tis the season to lose your chairman. So it seems anyway. Essar Energy's Ravi Ruia became the second to fall on his sword, albeit temporarily, in two days following the announcement of plans by Prudential chairman Harvey McGrath to step down.

Knowing me, knowing you: Saam Farahmand and Pegah Farahmand

A relationship under the microscope

Airports mull luggage overhaul

The world's biggest airports are looking at taking passenger luggage from front door to destination in a move that could free-up valuable retail space, according to industry sources.

Market Report: Panmure warning kills off hope of JLT takeover

Yesterday's dramatic rally may have prompted the re-emergence of some familiar bid stories in the insurance sector, but investors in Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) were told to wave goodbye to their hopes of a takeover. The insurance broker suffered a blow when Panmure Gordon instructed punters to bail out, warning that its current share price could be as good as it gets.

Album: Bill Frisell, Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet (Savoy Jazz)

On Sign of Life, Frisell offers fragments of haunting melodies that seem to hang like mist; some have affiliations in folk and country music, some in jazz, some in classical; and they're all played by a string quartet in which one of the violins is replaced by Frisell's guitar, the players allowed to extemporise around the melodies as they see fit.

David Prosser: Virgin still looks lonely but there is no sign of a partner

Outlook It has not been a bad few days for Virgin Atlantic. On Tuesday, Sir Richard Branson's airline announced it had been successful in heading off a potentially humiliating strike by its pilots. Yesterday, Virgin was able to reveal it has returned to the black over the year just gone. All very satisfactory, one might think.

Engineers decry HS2 rail project

Flaws in the proposed £32bn High Speed 2 rail project connecting London and Birmingham could hurt the environment, according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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