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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.

Sailing: Rolex call time on Cork plan

AN OFFER by the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the Commodores' Cup in the year 2000 has been squashed by the refusal of the sponsor, Rolex, to move from Cowes and the Solent. "We think we could stage a first rate Commodores' Cup ahead of Ford Cork Week in early July and attract up to 15 teams," Royal Cork spokesman Donal McClement said.

The History Of... The Watch: The time bomb is ticking ...

THE EARLIEST form of time keeping was the shadow-clock - a primitive form of sundial used in ancient Egypt in circa 1500BC.

Kingfisher chief swans to a Rolex

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Books: Schmoozing the Dalai Lama

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Identity-swap murder jury to view yacht

A YACHT at the centre of an identity-swap murder trial is to be inspected by the jury, it was decided yesterday.

Awash in a sea of Rolexes and camcorders

Travel insurance is there to protect people in the event of unforeseen accidents and minor tragedies that can befall anyone holidaying abroad. Most of us will never need to make a claim on our cover. But a minority will have cause to.

The Intelligent Consumer: Thou shalt not wear white socks

Style police: Nor do up all the buttons on thy jacket. And don't even think about a white suit. It's not that British men dress badly, they just need a little help

Rolls-Royce couples robbed of pounds 70,000

TWO WEALTHY couples were robbed of jewellery and watches worth nearly pounds 70,000 after driving home by Rolls-Royce from a night out in London's West End, police said yesterday.

Why squeezing the rich helps poll ratings more than the Exchequer

Diane coyle on closing up tax loopholes

Boxing: King robbed at gunpoint

DON KING found his fame as the world's most famous boxing promoter of little help when four armed men stopped his car in Mexico City.

Muggers make off with pounds 1.5m jewellery haul

For a night out at the cinema, followed by a visit to the kebab shop, South African tourist Datin Melleney was perhaps a little overdressed: mink coat, diamond earrings, gold Rolex watch.

How the elements struck twice

In 1994, three men armed with baseball bats and chains smashed their way into a house in Selsey, West Sussex, then fled without taking anything - but not before explaining to the frightened residents that they had broken into the wrong house. That is the sort of exciting place Selsey is.

The writing's on the wall

Is it worth it?: The Louis Vuitton pounds 690 alligator fountain pen: only for those with more cash than dash

Choice: Ballet: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, Birmingham Hippodrome (0121-622 7486) 7.30pm

Investment Column: Goldsmiths extends its chain

On the face of it, Jurek Piasecki, head of jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, had little reason to smile yesterday. He revealed that the company had slipped into the red in the six months to August, with losses of just over pounds 300,000. The group's share price closed 9p down at 331.5p.
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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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