Neither trainer nor jockey has been in his service as long as others who could testify gratefully to the fidelity of their patron, but both left the sunshine and flowers of the July Course with optimism that Anjaal could yet seal their growing roles at the centre of Sheikh Hamdan's racing empire.
As target begins to employ grooming tactics, the 'chatbot' changes in ways designed to lure him in
Belgium’s 79-year-old King Albert has announced that he would abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Philippe, in a surprise address to the nation that comes weeks after a woman claiming to be his daughter launched court proceedings to prove her paternity.
Corsican-speaking MEP to present report on dwindling dialects to European Parliament
Can this fanfared debut live up to its billing? After a few wobbles – yes, a new star is born
If you think a play that sets out to celebrate the 400th anniversary of UK-Japan relations sounds in danger of becoming a dry history lesson, you'd be right.
Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main
A selection of linguistic shortcomings from this week's Independent
Hollywood sign face-lift, post election exodus, high court high, cooking on the eternal flame and one seriously rad dad
Andrew Martin chooses the smaller bar – and no sharing
An increasing number of British students are turning to European institutions for a top quality education, without the huge debts
The title is odd, the cover is grey and the author is a besuited Eurocrat. But beneath these unflamboyant exteriors lie a colourful story. It has taken 10 years, the dedication of a small UK publisher and a perfect-pitch translation to deliver Diego Marani's first novel in English. When it came out in Italian, reviewers called it a masterpiece and it won several prizes. Since then Marani has written five more novels and become a Euro-celebrity for inventing a mock language called "Europanto" – a tossed salad of every European language without rules or grammar.
We say one thing but mean another far more often than we realise, and, paradoxically, rely on this figure of speech to make ourselves clear
The visual interpretation of the alphabet should be simple enough. What better way to visualise the letter 'a' than by thinking typographically, after all. But three design studios have decided to reinvent the alphabetical wheel by imagining what written letters would look like based on their phonetic versions: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and so on.
John Lichfield reports from Brussels on a new world record for political failure