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Zara Phillips

RFU fiasco goes on as Tindall rejoins England squad

Mike Tindall, whose drunken antics during the early stages of the recent World Cup in New Zealand were a significant factor in the collapse of the England campaign, was last night reinstated to the elite squad by the Rugby Football Union's outgoing chief executive Martyn Thomas, whose decision will be widely seen as the latest blow struck in Twickenham's increasingly destructive committee-room conflict. The England centre also finds himself £10,000 better off, having had a £25,000 fine cut by two-fifths on appeal.

Celebrities descend on Cowes Week

There was breeze aplenty in the Solent as the main prize of the day, the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup went to Robert Condon and Simon Shaw’s Ker 40 Marinetti and Niklas Zennström’s 72-foot Rán again got the better the American George David’s 100-foor Rambler on handicap.

Diary: Vettriano's temazepam years

Scottish painter Jack Vettriano has never quite earned the respect of the critical establishment, despite being one of the country's most (financially) successful artists.

Spirit of Jethou takes the spoils at Cowes

Two cannons roaring from the Royal Yacht Squadron at two minutes past nine signalled a two and a half hour delay, the chance of a massive cholesterol boost, and for those that eventually were released, an afternoon of picture book racing and a thoroughly satisfying day.

Zara Phillips becomes latest hopeful to pull out of Beijing

Britain's Olympic prospects, which have been diminished recently by injuries to key athletes such as Paula Radcliffe and Jessica Ennis, took another turn for the worse yesterday when it was announced that Zara Phillips, the eventing world champion, will miss the Beijing Games because of an injury to her horse, Toytown.