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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

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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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