Sport Sire De Grugy's star is rising: five wins from his last six starts

The heart may want Somersby to win Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot as a timely tribute to Terry Biddlecombe, who died two weekends ago. But the head says Sire De Grugy.

The Huffington Post, bastion of liberalism, is sold for $315m

Arianna Huffington was in her element last week, toasting the makers of The King's Speech at a cocktail party at her Los Angeles home, hobnobbing with the conjured contents of her Rolodex and flaunting her current status as new media visionary.

The Timeline: Shock successions

1483: The princes in the tower

When his brother Edward IV died in 1483, Richard, Duke of Gloucester was named Lord Protector of the realm.

Diary: Choccies fit for a Queen (Mother)

As I set to work on the screenplay for my notional joint biopic of squeaker George (né Gideon) Osborne and stammerer Ed Balls (working title: A Cock and Balls), I'm minded to avoid the accusations of inaccuracy that have been levelled at its inspiration, multi-Oscar nominee The King's Speech. While Christopher Hitchens has warned that the film dodges the troublesome topic of Winston Churchill's loyalty to Edward VIII, my sources have revealed an equally uncomfortable historical error. Nick Crean, chairman of Prestat hocolate and tcruffles, complains that, in the film, the late Queen Mother (played by Helena Bonham-Carter) and her husband George VI are seen eating marshmallow candies – in 1936. These particular confections were not available, Mr Crean insists, until the late 1940s. "Billy Tallon, the Queen Mother's colourful steward, told me Her Majesty had a lifelong love of classic English rose and violet creams," he explains. "They travelled everywhere with her." And went down nicely with a gin and Dubonnet, I have no doubt.

Firth's Oscar hopes boosted by Screen Actors Guild Awards

The King's Speech won the best-actor trophy for Colin Firth and a second honour for its overall cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (30/01/11)

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From dancing to disability&ndash; Bollywood gets serious

India's film industry used to mock everything from stutters to mental illnesses. Now it's championing a more enlightened take

School head's stammer nearly prevented career

The headmaster of one of Britain's top performing independent schools reveals today for the first time how he was turned down for a teacher training course because he had a stammer.

The hereditary principle: family fortunes

A fascination with romantic royals and celebrity dynasties might seem innocent, but it reveals that the hereditary principle is still shaping our society, argues Ben Chu

Diary: Hurley Burley gets fit for purpose

A Murdochian rebuke to the ageist BBC made flesh, Sky News anchor Kay "Hurley" Burley continues to report the news vigorously, if not rigorously, despite her advancing years.

Actor's joy tempered by Oscar smear campaign

Colin Firth is in pole position to win an Oscar after scooping a Golden Globe on Sunday night for his performance in The King's Speech.

The Social Network makes friends at Golden Globes

The Social Network, hailed by critics as a modern-day Citizen Kane, won four prizes including best movie drama at the ceremony, which opens the awards season.

Nicholls may remain upbeat but Kauto's star is beginning to fade

To many, his performance on Saturday had a poignant, unmistakable quality of abdication. Yesterday, however, connections of Kauto Star were clinging stubbornly to the sceptre, adamant that he could yet restore his dominion at Cheltenham in March.

Stuttering Star fails in fifth King George bid

No excuses from his team but plenty of heavy hearts among the crowd as former champ loses his crown to younger Long Run
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