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Monday 29 July 2013
Frankel himself struggled to preserve the dignity of Glorious Goodwood last year, when obliged to compete with the London Olympics. Today the fixture’s claims as the most charming ritual of the British Turf are threatened with dilution only by the weather forecast, which has rather too equivocal a look for the liking of either punters or aesthetes. The latter most cherish the swaying backdrop of cornfields and woodland when bathed in sunlight; while the former have more practical distaste for rain clouds.
Sunday 28 July 2013
The mid-twenties London duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid met at a house party, got themselves hyped onto the January ones-to-watch lists, but properly broke big with their guest spot on Disclosure's deep-house revival smash "White Noise", and followed that with their own attitude-packed "Attracting Flies" (as in "everything you exhale is..."), one of the year's great put-down songs. Their debut album doesn't so much fulfil that promise as miraculously over-deliver.
Friday 26 July 2013
While acknowledging that there must be omissions when the two sets of the Stones' Hyde Park shows are condensed down into one manageable download album package, I'm frustrated that so many of my favourites have been cut in favour of a more populist sequence. But there's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best. And it's worth it for “Paint It Black” alone.
Saturday 20 July 2013
Leader battles against complacency with Paris in sight as Quintana closes on podium finish
Tuesday 09 July 2013
The titan of University Challenge reckons it’s time the BBC stopped treating audiences like idiots
Tuesday 25 June 2013
Family rivalry is all very well, but perhaps not if you blatantly upstage the head honcho. After Libertarian ran such a fine second in the Derby, he was headhunted by Sheikh Mohammed to run for his Godolphin operation and is second favourite for Saturday's Irish version of the Classic. Today, though, Mohammed's cousin and namesake (their respective fathers, Rashid and Khalifa, were brothers) recruited another of the fancied runners in the Curragh contest, Sugar Boy, to his own string.
Monday 24 June 2013
Having seen Dawn Approach snared by a slow pace in the Derby, Godolphin seem determined to retain control of their own destiny with the colt they have since acquired out of the same race. Libertarian, who charged home for second as Dawn Approach was tailing off at Epsom, will run in Godolphin colours for the first time when making his final appearance for Elaine and Karl Burke in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. And he will be joined by Cap O'Rushes, upgraded from handicap company at Royal Ascot last week, as security against a lack of pace in his rematch with Ruler Of The World.
Saturday 15 June 2013
Serves 4 as a main course
Tales from the Trees: St Mary's Vale, Abergavenny - On the magical frontier between fantasy and reality
Saturday 08 June 2013
I think the wood is moving. Maybe it's just blurred vision brought on by the exertion of hiking up its sloped sides at a good lick on a hot day, but I could swear the trunks are closing in on me.
Saturday 08 June 2013
Wednesday 08 May 2013
They were sent to take delivery of loads of toilet paper, bottled water and waving Chinese cats
Tuesday 30 April 2013
“I’m not perfect. There are occasions I may have got it wrong,” Lord Sugar declared, in a rare display of humility. “But I haven’t seen anyone who’s become a new Branson or Zuckerberg that I’ve let go.”
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Fashion chain reveals plans to open stores in France on back of soaring first-half sales
Friday 19 April 2013
They're gross, says Eleanor Doughty, and they make you feel bad
Sunday 14 April 2013
O'Brien admits time running out for winter favourite but is pleased by Ballysax victor
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
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