Sport

So near and yet so far, Britain’s Olympic sailing supremo Sir Ben Ainslie, four golds and a silver, had to give best to the first Italian winner of the Argo Group Gold Cup, winner of the penultimate Alpari World Match Racing Tour grand prix, Francesco Bruni.

Dead king could lead to club being kicked off ground

While more illustrious rivals like Chelsea ponder leaving their traditional home to cure the unimaginable ill of only having a 42,000-seater stadium, one altogether more modest football club faces the prospect of being turfed out of the ground it has occupied for around nine decades because today marks the twenty first anniversary of the death of the Norwegian King.

Nathaniel comes of age on distressing day

Death overshadows glory at Ascot as supplemented colt takes King George after Dettori's narrow escape from Rewilding's fatal fall

Nathaniel ready for bold tilt at the King George

When bookmakers made him favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger, connections of Nathaniel were adamant that their colt had still bigger fish to fry. Sure enough, yesterday they revealed that they are giving earnest consideration to paying £75,000 to supplement him for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Descendants of Shackleton's team go as far as explorer... and then on to South Pole

A coincidence of genes led to an epic and often gruelling voyage, writes Luke Blackall

The return of Wallis Simpson

Our fixation with the Duchess of Windsor is stronger than ever as the 75th anniversary of the abdication nears

The Ven Ronald Scruby: Archdeacon who overcame injuries sustained after D-Day to serve Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

Archdeacon for eight years of Portsmouth and for 12 before that of the Isle of Wight, Ronald Scruby was one of the most loved and respected clergy in the Anglican diocese of Portsmouth. The loss of a leg in the Second World War barely inhibited him; he was a man of persistent courage and quiet holiness.

Tom Sutcliffe: Who are these 'Edwardian' fathers?

Social Studies

The Light in Between, By Marella Caracciolo Chia, trans. Howard Curtis

What happens when a dynamic and bored Italian aristocrat meets the most famous painter of their time? Marella Caracciolo Chia, the author and an Italian aristocrat herself, has found the letters exchanged between the Roman princess Vittoria Colonna and the leading Futurist painter Umberto Boccioni during their short but extremely intense and romantic affair, and has written this biographical study based on them.

Savoy refurb: rather fine, guests agree

Tom Peck sees the first guests check in to a £220m refurbishment project

Minor British Institutions: Prince of Wales check

Appropriately for the check-on-check pattern known as Prince of Wales check, there are two misconceptions to unpick before we can focus on this timeless design.

From ballads to Rule, Britannia!

Sunday's Prom will replay the Last Night from 1910. Jessica Duchen looks at how the institution has changed

Sir Frank Kermode: Academic and pre-eminent literary critic who reached out to a non-specialist audience

Sir Frank Kermode was probably the most widely known academic critic and university teacher of English literature since FR Leavis.

Rarest stamp sells for £400,000

A stamp that became one of Britain's rarest when it was withdrawn within hours of being issued has sold for £400,000.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there