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Edward Burra's paintings are eccentric, varied and bleak. Adrian Hamilton celebrates this most neglected of British artists at his first retrospective in 25 years

The Milan shows: To boldly keep going

In Milan, labels celebrated their pasts while looking forward with confidence. The results were beautiful, says Harriet Walker

Anthony Rose: 'Sales of Spanish wine are on the up'

Spanish wine sales are up, we are told, thanks to Spain's new flamboyant image. Marks & Spencer recently reported a 200 per cent increase on last year and Spanish sales at Waitrose are 40 per cent up. Various reasons have been suggested, from sangria nostalgia to the tennis heroics of Rafa and the brilliance of Spain's peerless World Cup squad. What better example of Spanish excellence is there, after all? Well, Cruz, Bardem and Almodovar apart, food and wine of course. El Bulli's Ferran Adria and the UK's tapas bar and sherry revolution have done much to shine a new light on the huge strides made in vino español.

James Lawton: Hamilton Snr should bend his boy over his knee – maybe then this boy racer will grow up

Hamilton Snr is plainly dismayed by his son’s latest pratfall

Eurozone members look at 'big bang' plan to overcome debt crisis

Bailout fund may be given increased powers, says ECB, as German Chancellor seeks support for cash injection to Greece

Is this the beginning of the end for bullfighting?

As Catalonia's ban comes into force, Alasdair Fotheringham reports on Spain's changing attitudes to a divisive tradition

Letter from the i editor: Trying to empty the nest

Hot on the heels of my recent letter on empty-nesters, news comes of the Italian parents who turned to the law to try to force their 41-year-old son to leave their Venice home.

Letter from the i editor: Italy and Greece

Italy and Greece have never been like the countries of northern Europe, and never will be, no matter how many times we try to make them.

James Lawton: Schedule still leaves the lesser nations at a disadvantage

Georgia went in seven points adrift of England, giving the World Cup a whiff of something special that might have coloured the game beyond the Caucasus

Terence Blacker: Why politicians have problems with sex

Social Studies: Every interview, walkabout or chat-show appearance is part of a process of seduction

British-based Rán win Audi MedCup in Barcelona

Victory was sweet for the British-based Rán winning the Barcelona Trophy finale of the Audi MedCup series. It crowned a debut season for Skype founder Niklas Zennström in his 52-footer and completed the treble of back-to-back Fastnet Race wins and the Mini-maxi division of the world series in Porto Cervo.

Tension rises in finale of Audi MedCup

The tension meter took another upward hike in the finale of the 2011 Audi MedCup with the Barcelona regatta leader, the British-based Rán, slipping one place and by just one point in the one race of the day to local contender Bribón.

Stars shun chance to stake a Ryder claim in memory of Seve

The tears will flow freely at the opening ceremony of the Seve Trophy here this morning and will doubtless continue when Ballesteros's friend and countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez so aptly hits the opening drive. Yet the emotion will be tinged with "disappointment" at the high-profile stay-aways.

British-based team rival locals at the Audi MedCup in Barcelona

The gloves are off after the opening quartet of races for the Barcelona Trophy in the Audi MedCup series with the British-based Rán going head to head with the local favourite Bribón.

Zennstrom continues upward march

Is Skype founder Niklas Zennström on a roll? Having won the Fastnet Race, he jetted his crew across to Sardinia and Porto Cervo to win the mini-maxi division of the maxi worlds and then to Catalunya.

Thrills and spills in America’s Cup World Series

Three capsizes and a fourth of the nine boats limping home hurt provided the thrills and spills which are the selling point of the America’s Cup World Series.

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