November was an eventful month in Formula One. Lewis Hamilton took his sixth world championship title at the US Grand Prix, moving to within one of Michael Schumacher's record seven. Then came the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix, which had too many incidents and brilliant moments to mention here. Needless to say Max Verstappen took an excellent win but that was not even the half of it. With all that in mind, we look at how the drivers performed in those two Grands Prix in the November edition of our driver power rankings. The rankings are calculated by combining a variety of factors. They take into account the adjusted performance index we used for our ratings last year (where drivers are given a handicap and rating according to their machinery), race and qualifying performance, any penalties a driver receives and our subjective rating out of 100. From this they get a rating and from that we derive our rankings. So, who did the business in rounds 19 … [Read more...] about F1 driver power rankings: November – who shone in the United States and Brazil?
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When Angoulême, one of the world’s biggest comic-book festivals, failed to include a single woman on its 30-strong Grand Prix shortlist earlier this month, it prompted fury and threats of a boycott from several prominent artists and campaigners. Female artists have been present since the very inception of comic art, helping to shape and define an industry that has seen tremendous growth in recent years – so why is their contribution so often overlooked? Many people simply choose to believe the persistent, but inaccurate, myth that there are very few female creators in the industry, says Olivia Ahmad, the co-curator of a new exhibition, Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics, which seeks to prove otherwise. Working with journalist and comics enthusiast Paul Gravett, Ahmad has selected a diverse array of work – spanning as far back as the 18th century – for the House of Illustration show in central London. Comix Creatrix is the UK’s biggest ever … [Read more...] about Comix Creatrix: where women artists and stories are the big draw
Good morning and welcome as we bring you today’s top election news – from Labour’s pledge to soak the super-rich, to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn facing off in tonight’s first TV debate. Our live coverage of the day’s political news is up and running. What’s going on? All political eyes will be on ITV tonight as it hosts the first leaders’ debate. Notably absent will be Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon, who lost their high court battle to be included. Johnson and Corbyn alone will be asked questions submitted by viewers. You can bet the health service will get high billing after revelations today that 90% of NHS bosses fear understaffing is endangering patients. Almost six in 10 of them think this winter will be the toughest yet for the service. The Lib Dems will add to the NHS narrative when they pledge to invest an extra £35bn into health and social care over the next five years, by adding a penny to the basic rate of income tax. The … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Debate awaits for Corbyn and Johnson
Headingley Hero and World Cup winning talisman Ben Stokes is an unbackable 1/8 to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Aberdeen on Sunday, December 15. But it's a public vote, this year's show is in Scotland - and much stranger things have happened than a favourite failing to win the BBC award. So keep a very close eye on the new-look Davis Cup finals which started this week. Andy Murray, winner of the BBC prize in 2013, 2015 and 2016, has proved his enduring popularity with the British public. And he's currently a huge 100/1 with thepools.com to claim a fourth SPOTY prize. Murray's 2015 SPOTY was built on his heroic performance in leading Great Britain to a first Davis Cup success in 75 years. Sure, he's been plagued by injury problems. But he's not a complete write-off, winning a Doubles title at Queen's last summer and winning on the ATP tour in Belgium last month. So let's look even more closely at the case for Sir Andy. Great Britain have been well served by … [Read more...] about Andy Murray could be a canny 100/1 tip for SPOTY
Gareth Bale had made the point that Wales’s historic run to the Euro 2016 semi-final had somehow not felt real. “In a way it doesn’t,” he said earlier in the week. As the madness swirled on the outside and the national fervour pulsed back at home, they had gone game by game, living inside their bubble. This was the night when it popped, when the brutal reality intervened and when Cristiano Ronaldo decided it was time he made a grand statement at this championship. There had been the fear among the Wales support that, after some erratic performances, Ronaldo was surely due to step up. He scored the opening goal with a punishing header and set up the second for Nani. He might even have had more. It was the performance of a champion. Portugal have known plenty of pain in major semi-finals; they had previously lost five of their six across this tournament and the World Cup. But the pain belonged to Wales here. Despite Bale’s non-stop endeavours, they struggled … [Read more...] about Welsh fairytale ends as Cristiano Ronaldo takes Portugal to Euro 2016 final