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Tides to power whisky distilleries

Tidal power, hitherto one of the poor relations of the renewable energy sector, will take a substantial leap forward with a major new undersea development off the west coast of Scotland, announced yesterday.

Hurricane has the strength to storm up the hill

The one certainty about this afternoon's 81st Champion Hurdle is that there will be a new name on the roll of honour. The contest is one in which past winners commonly think they're hard enough to have another go; a record four did so as recently as two years ago, when Katchit, Sublimity, Brave Inca and Hardy Eustace were thwarted by Punjabi.

Journey's End, Richmond Theatre, London

On 21 March 1918 around 38,000 British soldiers died in the biggest artillery barrage the Great War had seen. It is the nervous dread suffered (and concealed) by a unit of officers as the seconds ticked toward that onslaught, known beforehand to be "murder", which gives R C Sherriff's sublime play its fascinating heartbeat.

Between The Covers: 27/02/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Reflecting Glenfiddich, Fleming Collection, London

The Scottish distiller Glenfiddich has been hosting an artists-in-residence programme since 2002. The artists have come from far and wide. Having turned up with an open mind at the distillery in the Highlands, they get to stay in a cottage on the estate for three months, and there they muse upon the nature of the place, its industry, its history, and make work – photographs, animations, sculpture, paintings, video installations. This exhibition is a selection of works from those residencies.

Smoke Fairies, Scala, London

Smoke Fairies is a particularly apt name for this pair of Jack White-signed guitar ladies. An allusion to the mist that collects on Sussex hedgerows, it perfectly encapsulates the ethereality of their work.

Album: The Twilight Singers, Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop)

Twenty-five years since forming the Afghan Whigs, the one constant in Greg Dulli's career has been his persona as a remorseless heartbreaker and ladykiller, the devil in disguise.

Investment Column: Diageo's crying into its Johnnie Walker

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Henderson bandwagon crosses new frontier with fastest century

Just as the batsman intent on a really big score treats the single that takes him to his century as just another milestone, rather than a landmark, so Nicky Henderson will be too preoccupied with the possibility of hitting the ball out of the ground to dwell too long on the nudge-and-nurdle success of Higgy's Ragazzo at Market Rasen yesterday. Even so, the fact that he duly became the first trainer to 100 winners this season – and faster than ever before in his prolific career – represents another powerful statement.

Binocular and Whisky make Henderson happy

Just about the only thing that did not go to plan yesterday for Nicky Henderson was that the helicopter due to take him from Lambourn to Ffos Las was grounded by high winds. Proceedings on the track were straightforward as both the trainer's Champion Hurdle contenders, the reigning champion Binocular and upwardly mobile Oscar Whisky, came through their rehearsals without alarum or excursion.

Fortune favours Jim Beam

Fortune Brands, the company behind Jim Beam bourbon and Titleist golf equipment, reported a doubling in profits in 2010, to $496m (£308m).

Champion blow for coughing Peddlers

One of the potentially most informative and certainly most anticipated clashes ahead of next month's Cheltenham Festival is off. The unbeaten Peddlers Cross was yesterday ruled out of any Champion Hurdle prep at the weekend after giving a warning sign at morning exercise that his health was not 100 per cent. "He gave a cough as he came off the gallops," said his trainer, Donald McCain, "and that has scuppered our plans."

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