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The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the

The Great Divide is one of several recent books on the deep ecological roots of human history, a trend begun by Jared Diamond with Guns, Germs and Steel (1997). Peter Watson takes some leads from Diamond but goes much further in his attempt to rescue the pre-Columbian world of the Americas from the contempt and even hatred expressed by many at the time of the 2009 Aztec exhibition at the British Museum. One article called the artefacts on display "As evil as Nazi lampshades made from human skin".

The Black Swan Hotel, Market Place, Helmsley, North Yorkshire

One hundred years ago, the first Michelin guide to Great Britain encouraged motorists to burn rubber by beating a path to recommended hotels. In 2011, just 20 of Michelin's early tips remain in its slender red volume. One robust survivor is the Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. This well-heeled market town still attracts latter-day Mr Toads who relish a burn-up on the county's unpopulated roads. On Sundays, the market place is chock-a-block with gleaming motorcycles tended by owners in garish leathers. Poop poop!

League round-up: Sinclair sparks Swans as Bluebirds falter

Early and late goals saw the Championship's match of the day end 1-1 at Carrow Road where Michael Chopra set up Jon Parkin to give Cardiff City a seventh-minute lead against Norwich City with a meaty drive. Canaries pressure on the Bluebirds' goal paid off in the final minute of normal time when Russell Martin scored at the far post.

Leger legends relive glory days back in saddle

The only surprise was that nobody had managed to produce John Singleton, who rode the first St Leger winner here in 1776. Instead, the senior of 16 former jockeys who contested a charity race here yesterday was George Duffield, as trim at 63 as when he won the 1992 Leger on User Friendly. And while the success of Charlie Swan testified to the enduring advantages of youth – at 42, he was younger than all bar one of the "Leger Legends" – the abiding lesson of their calling remains that there's no point growing older, if you don't grow wiser.

Swans stay in 'warm' Siberia

The late arrival in Britain of migratory birds from Russian region is being blamed on global warming, Ian Johnston reports

Album: Polar Bear, Polar Bear (Tin Angel)

A third album for Seb Rochford's jazz rats, and by far their best. Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart are the frontal tenor sax lobes, but what makes this their most accomplished, coherent recorded work is the LP's unitary vibe: by the sound of it, the group now constitute a single brain, a listening one.