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In the often unintelligible acronym- and jargon-crazed world of Work and Pensions Questions, no-one could accuse the right-wing Tory Philip Davies of not telling it like he thinks it is.

Album: Chipmunk, Transition (Jive)

The title belies the contents of Chipmunk's follow-up to his debut album: it's not so much a case of transition as stasis, with the young rapper apparently struggling to move beyond the formulaic aspirational blather and paranoid complaints about haters and gold-diggers.

Verbraak to stand in as Hugo Boss skipper

Wouter Verbraak, an experienced ocean racer from The Netherlands, is to substitute Alex Thomson as skipper of Hugo Boss for the start the Barcelona two-handed non-stop round the world race.

Sydney to Hobart protests dismissed

An international jury in Tasmania dismissed a protest by the organising race committee against Bob Oatley’s 100-foot Wild Oats and confirmed its fifth line honours win in six years of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. A similar protest against Britain’s 72-foot Rán, owned by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom and skippered by Tim Powell, about a failure to meet a radio reporting schedule, was also dismissed.

Calm start to Sydney to Hobart Race

First night frights were kept to a minimum in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race.

China: Shopping mad in Shanghai

A frenzy of buying and selling makes this the most dynamic city in China.

The Rolex that became Hillary's timebomb

The proposed sale of the mountaineer's watch is stoking a bitter feud between his children and second wife

The Hacker: Media challenge is a write-off for Corrigans as the Yanks press home their advantage

Three days before the sleek stars of the European and United States golf teams began their Ryder Cup battle at Celtic Manor, the haggard and bedraggled members of the media – who could be persuaded from their beds at around 5am on Tuesday morning – gathered to contest the Wryter Cup.

Irish sweep to victory in the Rolex Commodores’ Cup

In a gun to tape display of unstoppable power, the Irish swept to victory in the Rolex Commodores’ Cup, followed by Hong Kong and two French teams, leaving the best of the home sides in a humiliating fifth.

John Walsh: Never in the field of interplanetary conflict

At last it's out in the open. Winston Churchill was so bothered by reports of UFOs interfering with RAF aircraft during the Second World War, he ordered that the encounter should be kept quiet for 50 years. Admittedly the news isn't exactly well documented.– a chap wrote to the Ministry of Defence in 1999, claiming that his grandfather had overheard Churchill talking to Eisenhower about the spooky event – but it's a fascinating vignette of the great man confronted with something he has no idea how to deal with.

Five jailed for smash-and-grab raid on jewellers

Five men who pulled off a £330,000 smash-and-grab raid on a high profile jewellers were jailed today, police said.

Robbers held knife to baby's throat

A baby boy had a knife pressed against his throat by armed robbers who demanded his mother hand over money, it was disclosed today.

Equestrianism: Crashing halt to Townend streak

British rider Oliver Townend has failed in his attempt to land the £230,000 Rolex Grand Slam in spectacular fashion. Townend was airlifted to hospital after suffering a crashing fall on Ashdale Cruise Master during Saturday's Rolex Kentucky cross-country phase.

Observations: Sanaa reaches peak critical acclaim after 15 years

This week, Sanaa, aka the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, won their profession's Oscar, the $100,000 Pritzker Prize. It's either an extraordinary achievement, or just a sign of our age of cultural velocities, that this design partnership has reached peak critical acclaim after only 15 years. It took Fumihiko Maki, one of Japan's other two Pritzker laureates, decades to get the gong. Ditto the godfather of baroque modernism, Oscar Niemeyer. Even Rem Koolhaas, already a legendary architectural manifesto machine in the early 1970s, had to wait more than 25 years to be anointed.

Hacker's high life brought to end with 20-year sentence

Longest ever jail term, and failure of Asperger's syndrome defence, bodes ill for Gary McKinnon

Learning curve: Sanaa's spectacular floating Lausanne library rockets them into architecture's premier league

In Lausanne yesterday, the feted Japanese architects Kazuo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – aka Sanaa – became the profession's anointed artists of the floating world. Their new SF110m (£65m) building is a fluid exercise in glass and concrete. It is called the Rolex Learning Centre. Yet visually, it is the reverse – a kind of unlearning centre where the doors of perception melt into a soft vitreous glaze and shape and edge become ambiguous.

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