Monsoon

Ian Williams makes it five out of five in Monsoon Cup

A perfect opening set of five wins in his opening five races put Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar in a strong position for crossing the first hurdle of a place in the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup in Malaya.

Crisis at 'critical point' in flooded Bangkok

Thailand's prime minister said Bangkok was fighting the forces of nature yesterday as residents fled, rivers swelled and floodwater threatened to burst through dikes protecting the capital.

Williams leads World Match Race Tour

In the shadow of the Cresta Run, the green jersey of the King of the Mountains moved significantly closer for Britain’s Ian Williams as he topped the league table at the St. Moritz Match Race.

Whatever the weather: Monsoon storms dominate lush tropical island

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate which leads to hot and very humid conditions all year round. There is some variety across the island, with the central highlands experiencing a cooler and more temperate climate, while coastal areas are moderated by sea breezes. The country also experiences a dry season and two wet seasons, with the latter coming from monsoon rain that falls in opposite halves of the country.

Album: Hole, Nobody's Daughter, (Mercury)

Having dallied awhile on the fringes of Hollywood without ever establishing herself as more than a thespian novelty and car-crash sideshow, Courtney Love has finally returned to music with Nobody's Daughter, the first Hole album in 12 years, and her first musical offering since America's Sweetheart, her self-pitying solo album from 2004.

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Burmese junta still shuns survivors of the cyclone

On the anniversary of the Burmese cyclone, more than a hundred thousand survivors are still living in makeshift shelters hopelessly inadequate to the monsoon rains that will soon engulf the country.

The new dress code: Frocks are back but do you opt for Greek goddess

A long evening dress is always a big purchase, since the cost-per-wear price tends to be high. However, with the Christmas season on the horizon, now is your best chance to indulge your inner diva. Karen Millen's sleek black strapless number (£225, www.karenmillen.com) is a black-tie failsafe, while Principle's asymmetric purple dress (£85, >www.principles.co.uk) has a Greek-goddess touch. The brocade bodice and empire-line style of Monsoon's dress (£160, www.monsoon.co.uk) make a flattering, alternative to more obvious options. If you have the confidence (and budget) to try something a little bolder, the diaphanous printed 1930s-style Jaeger frock (£399, www.jaeger.co.uk) is stunning, although a fairly willowy frame is required for best effect.