Sport Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

RALLYING: Rowe and Evans in title duel

MARTIN ROWE and Gwyndaf Evans meet in a head to head showdown at the Manx International Rally starting today, with this year's Mobil 1 British Championship title the prize awaiting the victor. The pair, who have dominated the 1998 series, winning every round between them, start level on points and knowing whoever gains the better result becomes the champion.

Motor Cycling: TT hero rides a storm to the end

Alan Seeley sees the hero and villain of Manx racing, Phil Read (left), finish a poignant final lap

Windfall for Regional air staff

STAFF at British Regional Airlines will receive windfalls averaging just over pounds 3,000 each when the group floats on the stock market next month with a price tag of around pounds 100m.

Letter: Thoughtful Duchess

ONE THING that impressed me about the Duchess of York was that, at the end of a cruise on board a yacht, she knew the names of every one of the 21 crew, and thanked each one of them for looking after her. That was a unique and thoughtful thing for a "celebrity" to do.

Letter: Dangers of cannabis

R E STEBBING (letters 25 February) echoes fashionable but misinformed opinion by claiming that "the evidence that cannabis is non-habit-forming and less damaging than heroin, tobacco and alcohol is now overwhelming".

Scaling the heights in Famous Five country

With its dramatic scenery and unique history, the Isle of Man is a welcome refuge from the rest of the world, writes Colin Dallibar

Letter: Cornwall too

Sir: The British-Irish initiative on Northern Ireland includes the proposal to set up "an inter-governmental council to deal with the totality of relationships, to include representatives of the British and Irish governments, the Northern Ireland administration and the devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales".

Police officers suspended

Two police officers from the Isle of Man have been suspended from duty after an incident in Manchester.

Sporting solecism

Ungeometric mixed metaphor of the week: "It just all went pear- shaped, in a nutshell."

OBITUARY : K'tut Tantri

Romance was the key to K'tut Tantri's extraordinary character and life. As journalist, hotelier, guerilla fighter and writer with particularly close links to Indonesia, she jealously protected her history by deliberately obscuring her past, by endlessly changing her aliases and by constantly reinventing herself.

Guam's governor seizes main chance

When a plane full of young families crashes into the side of a hill, as Korean Air flight 801 did last week on the American island of Guam, it is vain to look for a silver lining. But for the Governor of Guam, Carl TC Gutierrez, some good has come out of the tragedy.

Q&A: Baltic exchange

Q. What is the background to the rather unique sporting event called the Island Olympics?

Travel: The Celtic island tamed by Nature

Man gave up trying to farm Skomer, off the Pembrokeshire coast, but the puffins and rabbits have thrived, writes Nicola Swanborough

12-year-old Manx girl is spared return to island jail

The 12-year-old girl at the centre of the child-jailing furore on the Isle of Man admitted in court yesterday to seven assaults and five cases of criminal damage, but escaped further imprisonment after her lawyer pleaded for understanding.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links