Judging by the national mood, I would urge David Cameron to go to the polls now; the mood is good out there
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Thursday 30 August 2012
The loss of any horse to an accident is a matter of regret, but when the animal concerned is a high-profile performer who gives pleasure beyond its immediate connections, the more so. The unbeaten Prix de Diane heroine Valyra, much fancied for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, broke a hind leg yesterday morning at exercise on the beach at Deauville and could not be saved.
Thursday 23 August 2012
Fugitive tycoon's decision to face justice backfires as jury finds him guilty of ten charges of theft
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Travel west along the French rivieria, going past Antibes, St Tropez and Marseilles, and you will find another side to France's Mediterranean coast. Far from the glitz of Monte Carlo, brimming with its tax exiles and Russian billionaires' yachts, here is the less fashionable but "salt of the earth" France. No Brad Pitt, Brigitte Bardot or even Graham Greene here.
Sunday 12 August 2012
Lesley Greening Lassoff and Pea Crabtree's philosophy is 'buy local and make your own'
Tuesday 31 July 2012
A guard of honour was formed at the funeral today of a police officer who was shot dead as he tried to stop a gunman.
Monday 30 July 2012
A winner-finding system is always welcome and the past six weeks have produced one that has proved very nearly infallible. Of the past five fillies-only Group One races in the European calendar, John Gosden has taken four. The sequence was started by Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, followed by Izzi Top (Pretty Polly Stakes, Curragh), Great Heavens (Irish Oaks, Curragh) and completed yesterday by Elusive Kate in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville. So, presumably, look out for their stablemate The Fugue in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.
Sunday 29 July 2012
There's plenty new to do at Sherwood Forest this summer. Go Ape! Sherwood Pines (0845 643 9215; goape.co.uk) has just launched a new Forest Segway adventure, where visitors can follow an hour-long trail through the trees on the fun two-wheeled electric vehicles. Sherwood Forest Cabins (0845 130 8223; forestholidays.co.uk) now offers new luxury log cabins to hire, from £564 for a three-night weekend break. And local storyteller Ezekial Bone, aka Ade Andrews, will be leading new Robin Hood tours through the forest on 10, 20 and 28 August (07941 210986; bonecorpora tion.co.uk; £5), revealing the legends of these ancient woods.
Friday 20 July 2012
You might not be able to see the sea, but a wave of temporary beaches inspired by hip European hangouts are bringing summer to our cities
Wednesday 04 July 2012
A murder inquiry has been launched after the torso of a man was found wrapped in a black bin liner on a beach.
Sunday 01 July 2012
Recently I asked if my mother wanted something to read, and she instantly requested Priestley. "The plays?" I suggested. "No," she replied, "the novels." If John Boynton Priestley has undergone something of a rediscovery lately it's because of his theatre work. But Priestley was known to the older generation for some 26 novels that contained an astonishingly rich amount of social realism. He first found fame as a master of the short essay, working in a wool firm by day and writing at night. He had grown up in a respectable suburb of Bradford, a graceful Victorian town whose destruction at the hands of property developers he later decried.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Saturday 16 June 2012
Retail guru is accused of putting needs of her TV show above those of the resort she is trying to save
Saturday 19 May 2012
To celebrate her exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Tracey Emin has produced a limited edition monoprint, Golden Mile, based on a work from her Margate monoprint series (1994).
Friday 18 May 2012
A stately diversion en route to the coast
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