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Boyd’s Bond is driven but torn

Racing: Suny Bay heads the National assembly

Rough Quest, the 1996 Aintree hero, is back on track to attempt another victory in the race. Richard Edmondson reports.

Drink: Heavy gravity, man

Michael Jackson comes on strong about barley wine

A Hardy showing of Wessex folk

'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' comes alive at Dorchester's museum - as do a smugglers' den and a riddle book. Fiona Macaulay unravels a few surprises.

Hungry for a quick takeaway? Just dial 999

If you want to order a Chinese takeaway, force your teenager to turn down his hi-fi, or if you need help with closing the window, what number do you call?

Beer: Top glass

Of all the bars in all the world - here's what's best to drink

The end of the end-of-the-pier show: a salutary farewell to Michael Grade. Enter, stage right, the first media-schooled TV mogul

Michael Grade did a fair impression of a model modern media executive when he was chief executive of Channel 4. But this was always a bit of an act, concealing the fact that his management style was moulded by the world of variety theatre rather than in television.

Tolpuddle: in the footsteps of the Martyrs

Dorset celebrates the heroic stand of six men every year.

Hats off to Eric in star-studded showbiz tribute

The veteran comedian Eric Sykes yesterday celebrated 50 years in showbusiness.

Tales in many tongues

I beamed myself to the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane on Wednesday evening for a party in honour of Sidney Sheldon. "The world's master storyteller", as his publishers describe him, has just got into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most trans- lated novelist. His estimated 275 million books have been distributed to more than 180 countries in 51 languages, so I feel quite special in not actually possessing one of them.

pounds 242,000 for Lloyd-Webber's wine

A former wine waiter at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London, paid pounds 242,000 last night for a 1,800-bottle "superlot" of wine for his employers in Las Vegas.

THE EYE: VISUAL ARTS

George Dannatt: The Town Mill Art Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset (01297 443 446) to 31 May; The George Dannatt Trust Collection, Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset (01305 262735) to 23 June; Brian Blow, The Rocket Gallery, 13 Old Burlington Street, London W1 (0171-434 3043) to 7 June

Interview: Venus surprising

Kim Novak talks to John Lyttle

Bringing marshmallows and coals to teamwork; People & Business

The Book That's Sweeping America! has just plonked on my desk. This, to me, is the perfect antidote to those legions of tedious American management books which bring together born-again earnestness with mind- numbing biz-babble.

A trencherman's day out

Breakfast at Simpsons, lunch at the Dorchester, tea at Claridges - and Alka Seltzer at home

Football: Woking keep watch

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker