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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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