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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.

Wright only serious rival to Ainslie at regatta

The only serious rival to the supremacy of triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, Ed Wright, is producing dominant performances at the Rolex Olympic classes regatta in Miami.

Equestrianism: Van der Vleuten in the money as Tomboy speeds to victory

Eric van der Vleuten made good use of his horse's swift turn of foot yesterday, when he rode VDL Groep Tomboy to win the FEI Rolex World Cup Qualifier at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

On the agenda: Tiger, tiger, burning bright – and it's coming right for us! Plus, lessons in carving turkey

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Whether you like to see a master at work or watch an auteur in the making, Rolex's biennial Mentor and Protégé programme will catch the eye. Six virtuosos, from visual artist Rebecca Horn to author AS Byatt, each take an up-and-coming talent under their wing for a year, and will be discussing their experience at various venues around the capital.

'Role model' worker fights for life after armed robbery

A cash and carry employee is fighting for his life after he was blasted in the chest with a shotgun as he tried to stop a gang of armed robbers.

Shot cash-and-carry worker fights for life

A cash and carry employee was blasted in the chest with a shotgun at point-bank range as he tried to stop a gang of armed robbers.

Equestrianism: Townend survives 'intense' course to keep lead

Oliver Townend is poised to take his second four-star event this year as he capitalised on a useful lead in dressage on Carousel Quest with an impressive performance cross country in The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials yesterday.

Equestrianism: Lundback wins jump-off at Windsor

Helena Lundback, the diminutive Swedish show jumper riding Madick, defeated her only rival, the Dutchman Harrie Smolders on Exquis Walnut de Muze, in a jump-off to win the Rolex Grand Prix at Windsor yesterday.

Seb Josse wins Open 60 Fastnet Race

A quiet Frenchman, one of whose previous trips through the Western Approaches to Britain was filled with tragedy, and a compatriot known as Jeff, had the biggest smiles in Plymouth today at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Beau Geste fails in Isle of Wight record attempt

By just two minutes and 13 seconds, the Hong Kong-based 80-footer Beau Geste failed to beat the existing Round the Island record of 3 hours 56min 03sec yesterday as the big boys came out to play in Cowes Week.

Hiddink leaves Ancelotti with a hard act to follow

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McMafia, By Misha Glenny

After Glenny's thrilling and chilling tour of global crime and the motley folk who run it, who stands in the dock? We do. Even those consumers who shun classic gangster markets in drugs, sex or gambling profit from illegal labour and cheap goods made in places where might mocks right.

Equestrianism: King Solier clearly the best for France in Masters

The valuable Renault Christmas Masters, contested by the most successful riders in qualifying events at the Olympia International Horse Show, resulted in an impressive French victory for Penelope Leprevost, 29, riding King Solier.

Lie detectors at war (but who's telling the truth?)

It's not just Jeremy Kyle and Trisha Goddard who are rivals: the polygraph experts on the two shows are engaged in a bitter defamation battle. Jerome Taylor reports

Time machines: Our chronic obsession with watches

From Oysters to Seamasters, Skyhawks to Hemipodes, the world of luxury watches is booming as if recession were an alien concept. But who actually needs a diamond-encrusted, solid gold chronograph with built-in altimeter? John Walsh finds out what makes this extraordinary industry tick

Sleeping around: A bit of balance

'There's a lot to be said for taking the time to get to know the other person and not falling for a fantasy image'
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