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Tearful Colin Firth awarded Hollywood star

Colin Firth was moved to tears as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nicholls' strength laid bare in Gold Cup list

The notion that Paul Nicholls would have to look to his laurels as champion trainer this season seems to have been quietly and quickly discarded. Halfway through the campaign, his is the only stable past £1m, already around £300,000 clear of Nigel Twiston-Davies. Admittedly Nicky Henderson, who had been perceived as his most feasible rival, does field two challengers to Kauto Star in the rescheduled William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Saturday. But those trying to make a case for Long Run and Riverside Theatre were yesterday given intimidating new evidence that the Nicholls hegemony remains as strong as ever.

Culture Club: Readers review The King's Speech

Readers review this week's big film

Handicappers give Harbinger signal acclaim

The press conference staged by a panel of international handicappers in London yesterday was briefly delayed by a fire alarm test, and really that set the tone for everything that followed. For the publication of the World Thoroughbred Rankings is itself a comforting ritual – one that shows the system to be functioning soundly, while permitting no sensible person to take the more sensational implications too literally.

Culture Club: The King's Speech

This week's Culture Club focusses on Tom Hooper's latest movie, The King's Speech. How do you feel Colin Firth rates as the stammering King George VI? Leave your thoughts on the movie below.

Scudamore ruled out of King George rematch

The original cast for the delayed Boxing Day special at Kempton is due to reassemble on Saturday, with only a few minor changes. In his attempt to win a record fifth King George VI Chase, Kauto Star is still due to face 10 rivals, chief of whom – in case anyone had forgotten – are judged by the market to be Long Run, Nacarat and Riverside Theatre.

'King's Speech' tops UK box office

Colin Firth film The King's Speech has notched up another victory by topping the UK box office.

The Kings Speech (12A)

Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush

Natalie Haynes: Wikipedia shows the internet at its best

Wikipedia will celebrate its 10th birthday later this month. And its users will celebrate with ad-free pages, because the annual Wiki fundraiser has been a record-breaker this year. The Wikimedia Foundation plastered its pages with pictures of co-founder, Jimmy Wales, staring moodily at the reader and asking for cash. Although it provoked ungenerous criticism from some parts of the blogosphere (mocked-up Wikipedia pages with Wales's face superimposed on woodland creatures, for a start), it worked. The banner ads sporting his face received three times more clicks than the ones without him, and they received higher average donations.

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Readers review this week’s big TV show

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Cold weather puts fixtures on ice again

Adverse weather conditions accounted for the postponement of a host of major sporting events for the second weekend running.

Kempton will keep date with Kauto next month

At this rate, Ruby Walsh will be back to claim the ride on Kauto Star before a thaw sets in. The William Hill King George VI Chase was postponed for a second time yesterday, and Kauto Star must now wait until 15 January to make his unprecedented attempt to gain a fifth consecutive success in the sport's midwinter championship. His regular jockey, recuperating from a broken leg, will have been more or less unique in his immunity to the communal sense of anticlimax.

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