Sport Farah is the current Olympic and world champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m

Mo Farah could conceivably target a golden treble at the next Olympics, according to the great Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie.

Michael McCarthy: A summer this wet and windy just isn't natural

I once arrived in Finland on May Day. As I walked into my Helsinki hotel, a big Finnish bloke attacked me. Luckily, it was with a balloon. However, the fear flashed through my panicking brain that even though he was not a gunman or a knifeman, merely a balloonman, he still meant to do me harm, and it was with some difficulty that I extricated myself – only to find that everyone in the whole damn city was in the same damn state. They were all pie-eyed. I'd never seen anything like it.

Tauno Marttinen: Composer of a thousand pieces

One of the dangers run by prolific composers is that even your supporters – publishers, if you are lucky enough, writers, recording companies and the like – find it difficult to keep up with what you are doing. The really productive creative spirits – men like Julius Röntgen, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alan Hovhaness, Vagn Holmboe – end up being heard in a handful of works representing a body of work which is largely unknown.

Helsinki hots up with hip hotels

Finland's capital has seen a huge expansion of chic accommodation, says Harriet O'Brien

Easter Island mayor wants an 'ear for an ear' from vandal

The mayor of Easter Island said yesterday that he wished the Finnish tourist who is accused of chipping an earlobe off an ancient Moai could have his ear clipped off as "justice" for damaging one of the famous statues.

Herb McKenley: Olympic gold medallist at Helsinki

Herb McKenley was an outstanding athlete, coach and administrator, who did everything except win an individual Olympic gold medal. He won one for the relay and had three individual silvers (twice finishing in the same time as the winner), and held world records at 300 yards, 300 metres, 400 yards and 400 metres.

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"It's amazing the amount of force a mollusc will use to do nothing when it would be so much easier to do something." It's amazing the amount of force a theatre director will use to revive a light summer soufflé, a long-forgotten play originally titled The Mollusc. Now called The Lady of Leisure - for those who can't make the effort to remember what a mollusc is - it brought its Cheshire-born author Hubert Henry Davies considerable success at London's Criterion in 1907.

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Athletics: Dibaba on a long run to history

Today's world record attempt in Sheffield is just one milestone for the awesome Ethiopian

Athletics: Holmes takes lap of honour with farewell in middle distance

Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium will host the last race on home soil of double the Olympic gold medallist tomorrow. Mike Rowbottom reports

Athletics: Radcliffe wilts as Dibaba leads Ethiopia sweep

World Athletics Championships » Briton finishes ninth in 10,000m as Africa's baby-faced assassin streaks to gold
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