Nice: a rich cuisine yet  it has the odd distinction of being synonymous with the world’s most boring biscuit

For such a beautiful place, with such a rich cuisine, the city of Nice also has the odd distinction of being synonymous with the world’s most boring b(...)

Manuel Valls during a demonstration to support the unity of Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Manuel Valls was born 56 years ago in Barcelona, but his Swiss mother and Catalan father, a well-known painter, moved to Paris to escape Franco’s rule(...)

Flag Of Honour won the  Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Flag Of Honour made virtually every yard of the running in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh. Trainer Aidan O’Brien w(...)

Colm O’Donoghue celebrates winning the 4.20 Coronation Stakes on Alpha Centauri with the trophy and trainer Jessica Harrington at Royal Ascot. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Legendary Irish trainer Jessica Harrington fulfilled another ambition when Alpha Centauri gave her a first Royal Ascot success in Friday’s Coronation (...)

  Petit Mouchoir: the grey’s  reaction  to the Grand National day atmosphere could be more significant to his chances of a first top-flight victory over fences than the opposition. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team will hope for a pre-Grand National Grade One boost at Aintree on Saturday. In contrast to Cheltenham, where h(...)