Hugo Boss posts record profits

Hugo Boss enjoyed the best performance in its 88-year history in 2010 and revealed it is "very confident" on the outlook for this year.

Sexy, stylish, sixty: Why pensioners are having all the fun

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Thomson abandons plans to rejoin round the world race

British yachtsman Alex Thomson has abandoned plans to try and rejoin his 60-foot Hugo Boss in the Atlantic. Thomson was due to start the Barcelona doublehanded non-stop round the world race on New Year's Eve, but underwent an appendectomy 48 hours before the start.

Alex Thomson in bid to rejoin Hugo Boss

While appendix surgery just 48 hours before hoping to start the Barcelona doublehanded non-stop round the world race has allowed Alex Thomson to be in on the birth of son Oscar with partner Kate, he is now in a race to rejoin the yacht, Hugo Boss.

Caffari progresses in opening run

A smart start by Dee Caffari and co-skipper Anna Corbella saw them lying sixth of the 14 60-footers going into the first night of the Barcelona non-stop double-handed round the world race.

Verbraak to stand in as Hugo Boss skipper

Wouter Verbraak, an experienced ocean racer from The Netherlands, is to substitute Alex Thomson as skipper of Hugo Boss for the start the Barcelona two-handed non-stop round the world race.

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Five best sailing moments

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The Weekend's TV: Garrow's Law, Sun, BBC1<br/>Undercover Boss USA, Sun, Channel 4

Legal eagle's still a guilty pleasure

Introducing the BOSS HB-229 watch

To celebrate their continuous support of Alex Thomson Racing and following on from last year's successful launch of the Sailing Watch, BOSS Watches are proud to announce the next instalment of the Regatta Watch – The HB- 229.

Last Night's TV: The Secret Tourist/BBC1<br />Police, Camera, Action!/ITV1<br />Undercover Boss/Channel 4

Matt Allwright isn't a real tourist. How do I know? Look at him! He's wearing a money belt. No one wears those, do they? In truth, the clue was in the title. Allwright is the BBC's Secret Tourist: he's going to have all the holidays from hell, so you don't have to. At least that's what he claimed last night, though perhaps his pledge should be elongated to take into account the decidedly un-sunny state of the economy. "We're going to have the holidays from hell," he could have said. "So you don't have to feel bad about staying at home." The Caribbean? Who can afford to go there? Well, apart from the Woodses, who got their trip to a hotel in the Dominican Republic courtesy of the BBC. Not that it is much of a treat. The hotel, as it turned out, left quite a lot to be desired: if not quite a holiday from hell, it rapidly became a holiday from somewhere you'd like to get out of as quickly as possible.

Last Night's TV: Celebrity Come Dine with Me, Channel 4<br />Undercover Boss, Channel 4<br />Victorian Pharmacy, BBC2

Not entirely atypically, I think I may have spoken too soon. Having been certain, last time I watched, that the cultish car crash that is Come Dine with Me was past its sell-by date, I find myself wallowing in its sheer dreadfulness once again. In a good way, obviously. Last night was a celebrity special, something that used to be a more rubbish version of the normal one, but increasingly has assumed a whole new gory life of its own. God knows why, exactly, they had chosen this particular constellation – Janice Dickinson (likes to call herself the world's first supermodel), Calum Best (football offspring and nightclub faller-out) and Jeff Brazier (used to go out with Jade Goody) – though, oddly, I recognised all of them. This doesn't usually happen on reality TV, does it? I only know them from other reality TV, of course, which does rather open up the possibility of a weird, post-celebrity kind of notoriety-slash-fame. Do a reality show, get famous, do more. Actually, this isn't true of Sam Fox, who was there too. She sang, didn't she? And got her you-know-whats out for Page 3 ("an institution," she said "just a picture in a family newspaper of a girl with a pretty pair of boobs and a nice smile").

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Brasserie Joel Park Plaza Hotel, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT (020-7620 7272)

I've been driving round the huge roundabout on the south side of Westminster Bridge for years, and assumed there might be a pumping station inside, or a maximumsecurity prison. Imagine my surprise when it recently shed its dismal chrysalis and emerged as a lumpen butterfly, 15 stories high with 1,021 rooms and dramatic views of Big Ben.

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