Miami Gator has too much bite for Carlisle Bell rivals

In terms of sheer intensity, there is no more competitive race in the calendar than the Carlisle Bell – which is just as it should be, for its most ancient prize, dating all the way back to 1599. Though a 0-80 handicap, a rating of 78 was insufficient to guarantee a starting place yesterday. Due respect, then, to Miami Gator for making virtually all and rallying to see off Vito Volterra by nearly two lengths.

U2 are world's highest paid musicians

U2 have been named the World's Highest Paid Musicians.

The anti-Gagas: A new tribe of young female artists is going back to basics

They come from the same generation as Lady Gaga – but the young female artists on the following pages certainly don't share her love for outlandish showmanship. simmy richman meets the sisters doing it for posterity

The Business On... John Fredriksen, Shipping magnate

Should I know him?

Outside Edge: Incredible feat of a paraplegic

It has been hailed as a remarkable breakthrough. The college baseball player Rob Summers was hit by a car in 2006, six weeks after he had helped Oregon State to win the national student championships. He was left paraplegic and though he had some feeling below the waist, he could not move his legs.

Smut, By Alan Bennett

Smut is a curious mix of the Alan Bennett we know of old, whose clucking, mid-life Northern treasures - Thora Hird and the like - divulge their secrets in gently subversive sotto voce, and the Alan Bennett we are coming to know, post-cancer scare, who might one day be seen as late, uncloseted Bennett, with sex increasingly on the brain.

George Courtney Ward: Pinewood stills photographer who was a favourite of Dirk Bogarde and Bryan Forbes

During a golden era of British cinema at the Rank Organisation's Pinewood Studios, the stills photographer George Courtney Ward was responsible for publicity shots of stars such as Jayne Mansfield, Lauren Bacall, Ralph Richardson, Alec Guinness, Kenneth More, Joan Collins and Michael Caine that were seen around the world.

Soumaya Museum: Move over, Mr Getty

Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, today opens the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, which will house his mind-blowing collection of art. Juan Carretero visits.

Oxford & Beyond: Songs for a golden county

New songs "A Woodstock Winter" and "Cotswold Country" have been created to bring more musical attention to Oxfordshire.

Slim once again leads list of world's fat cats

In a lament that sounded a lot like "Where's the money?" Britain was singled out yesterday as a leading power with fewer super-rich individuals in its midst than might be expected, with its taxation laws a main culprit.

Leading article: California nightmare

According to legend, it is the Golden State – an epithet that might originate from the discovery of gold in California in 1848, but which also reflects the quality of its unremitting sunshine and the tanned skin of its beautiful people. Yet just now very little seems to be golden in that West Coast garden.

Album: Pink Martini, Joy to the World (Wrasse)

The winter festival as a pan-global experience of softness, pinkness and fluffy sentiment, with strings, tinkly bells and jazzy guitars everywhere to be wondered at like movie snow.

Bank of America shares fall amid leak rumours

Shares in Bank of America, the largest US bank, fell by more than 3 per cent amid speculation it is to be Wikileaks' next target. The whistle-blowing website's founder, Julian Assange, the subject of a US criminal investigation, claimed a fresh "megaleak" will target a major US bank "early next year".

Is this it? Jackson family feuds over 'fake' single

Is the estate of Michael Jackson moon-walking shoddily across his grave or merely trying to honour his precious memory? It all depends on whether you believe that some of the people who stand to make an enormous amount of money from the late singer’s new record are acting in his best interest.

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone