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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.

Grime music cleans up in the charts

London's Jamaican community is a crucial part of MC culture, and is making the scene bigger than ever, says Rahul Verma

Jeremy Warner's Oulook: Sands peerless among bankers – for now

Please give it up for P-e-e-e-ter Sands, the utterly brilliant chief executive of Standard Chartered ... Yay. No, I'm not kidding. Mervyn Davies, the chairman, really did invite analysts at yesterday's results presentation to give Mr Sands a round of applause for what, by comparison with other banks' reporting figures this week, were outstanding numbers.

Terry Hutchinson takes lead in Sardinia

In the third grand prix of the Audi Medcup series in Cagliari, Sardinia, Terry Hutchinson and the crew of his TP52 Quantum have ousted the previous series leader, Peter de Ridder's Mean Machine from the Netherlands.

Good conditions help Britain Red take the lead in Commodores' Cup

A strong performance by Britain Red, one of four teams carrying the union flag, took them into the lead of the Rolex Commodores' Cup as the Solent provided a second day of top quality racing conditions yesterday. The others at the top - the defending trios playing as France Blue and Ireland Green - form a top three which are creating a first division of their own.

Favourable conditions help French force their way to the top

A classic western Solent day saw the defending French again throw down the gauntlet in the Rolex Commodores' Cup with a mixture of tidal and wind tests for crews which at times looked a little short of match practice. The crowded programme for the rest of the week should see improvements in leaps and bounds.

Sound of the urban underground

Urban artists are turning mainstream – but will popular success kill their credibility? Matilda Egere-Cooper reports

Sarkozy to 'sober up' after local election losses

President Nicolas Sarkozy will take radical action to rebuild the style of his presidency after France's Socialist opposition scored a string of victories in local elections last night.

Haute horology: Why real style icons splash out on a vintage watch

Forget designer jeans and expensive haircuts – real style icons prefer to splash out on a vintage Rolex or Omega. Josh Sims on why old-timers are back

Nicolas Sarkozy: The problem with the president

He swaggered into the Elysée Palace on a promise to reinvent France for the 21st century. But after just eight months, Nicolas Sarkozy's popularity is plummeting – and his personal life is becoming a soap opera. Is he up to the job? John Lichfield reports

Nick Foulkes: The ultimate status symbol – a cigar you can't smoke

Today's trophy-hunting a laborious affair

The Hacker: When it comes to the backsides of cows, I've got the rules off pat

If only we could persuade everyone to stick to the rules as steadfastly as golfers adhere to theirs, the world would undoubtedly be a better place.

Equestrianism: Questionnaire: Pippa Funnell

British three-day event rider heading for the Athens Olympics
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