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.


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The Bullingdon Club: When gentlemen fall out

Nat Rothschild was furious with George Osborne, believing he had betrayed a confidence. He exacted his revenge as only the posh can. By David Randall

Sport on TV: Halswelle that ends well in Olympic Yank-baiting

It is fitting that we should celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1908 Olympic Games just as George Bush is preparing to leave the world stage accompanied by General Loathing. For the third Olympiad, held in London after Italy had to pull out, was characterised by a virulent hatred of the Americans. So it's hardly surprising to discover that the Games were funded by 'Daily Mail' readers after Britain stepped in to stage the event when Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Paperbacks: Plats Du Jour, by William Black

In this soufflé-light prose, Black's peregrination explores the world's greatest cuisine through two dozen dishes. They range from the poule au pot promised for every French household by the admirable Henri IV (it would be a rash commitment now since the dish requires "one large, good-quality boiling hen") to the omelette at La Mere Poulard, Mont St Michel, consumed by a mixed clientele ranging from Edward VII to Trotsky.

Last Night's TV: Baton charge has me hooked on classics

Maestro, BBC2; 1908: The First True Olympics, BBC4; How Not To Live Your Life, BBC3

Now Gordon keeps right on to the end of the road

Goodbye 'Mardy Bum': PM's new best song says, 'Let your heart be strong'

Eight-year-old found hanged at home was mourning dead mother

A "loving" and "delightful" eight-year-old boy grieving for the loss of his mother and grandfather died in hospital after he was found hanged in his bedroom.

Gosden's Michita emerges as last minute Oaks hope

For its most intense flavours, nostalgia tends to rely on the bittersweet incongruities between then and now. But it was difficult here yesterday to find the necessary contrasts. The downs spread themselves in the sunshine with the same, timeless indolence, and a biplane banked idly towards the aerodrome at the bottom of the hill as John Gosden, wearing his panama hat, stood talking in the winner's enclosure. Even the filly next to him, panting and snorting, seemed to suggest that we might be back in the good old days.

Prince Philip leaves hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital today following three days' treatment and monitoring for a chest infection.

Last Night's TV: Time to throw in the Victorian sponge

The Diets That Time Forgot, Channel 4; Horizon; BBC2; One life, BBC1

Lord Kelvedon

Guinness scion and son of 'Chips' Channon who nevertheless become a popular MP and minister

Asparagus with focaccia and Parmesan

Serves 4

Ken Jones: 'The Toy Bulldog' who cocked a fist at Al Capone

The late Edward Patrick "Mickey" Walker, the fist fighter, is best remembered in the annals of boxing as the middleweight who had the best left hook and the biggest thirst in the business. If it hadn't been for the one, the thirst, the other, the hook, might have made him the only 150lb heavyweight in modern history.

Buzzer Hadingham

Good-humoured All England Club chairman

Pieces of my Mind: writings 1958-2002 by Frank Kermode

An impish liking for random details
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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
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Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Waxing lyrical

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Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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