Quentin Collonges's fine dry run for Cheltenham Festival

If there was a tip for the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, it was perhaps that punters may have to rethink anything that has gone into the formbook so far. After one of the wettest winters on record racecourses have finally started to dry out, and the afternoon's richest contest promptly went to a horse who had not yet troubled a judge this season on soft, soggy ground.

Warwick student union president under fire for sexism

A female student is shown having her bra unhooked in public by President of Warwick Students’ Union, Nick Swain. 'With Nick, it’s all about action' states a student in Nick Swain’s presidential re-election campaign video.

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Highland hits heights for Lavelle

If Reinhold Messner can climb Everest without oxygen, then a horse can gallop three miles round Towcester on the bridle. Only rarely, however, do you see this stiffest of tracks completed with the exuberance that suffused Highland Lodge in his first novice chase yesterday.

Jean Field: Expert on the poet Walter Savage Landor

Jean Field was an expert on the 19th-century poet Walter Savage Landor, whom she felt had been much maligned by earlier biographers and whose standing she aimed to rescue with her magnum opus Landor: a Biography of Walter Savage Landor (2000). In this book, in which she concentrated on his Warwickshire background – which she herself shared – she unearthed new material, particularly regarding his friendships with other writers such as Charles Dickens, who based the character of Boythorn in Bleak House on him, and Robert and Elizabeth Browning, who took care of him during his last years in Florence.