He's sailed more than 300,000 miles, won 150 trophies and raced round the world three times, but last night veteran Birmingham sailor Tony Bullimore said he only had one more race left in him.

Just back from the Gulf state of Qatar, where he and his crew came second in the Oryx Quest 2005 - the world's most lucrative round the world yacht race - the 66-year-old skipper is already looking to his next major competition, starting in Doha in 2006. But he believes it will be his last.

"Everything comes to an end," he said. "I'm getting towards the end of my racing career but I've still got a little bit more in me and I'll soon know when to hang up my oilies.


A car salesman accused of posing as a spy to plunder more than #600,000 from a string of victims, has insisted he was the one who had really suffered.

Robert Hendy-Freegard, who is also said to have kidnapped four people and threatened a fifth with death during a decade of "unbelievable" deceit, said "outrageous falsehoods" had been levelled against him.

"I have sat for six months and listened to allegations and I am astounded how anybody could believe this," he told those trying him at London's Blackfriars Crown Court.

"I am most definitely the real victim here."


Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote? Adam Aspinall looks at the issue.

The usual line of argument when people talk about the voting age is that 16-year-olds have all the responsibilities but none of the rights.

Of course, the situation seems unfair as 16-year-olds can kill enemy soldiers on our behalf, and get married and begin to raise children, but cannot choose their political masters.

But perhaps the problem with this point is that it overlooks the haphazard and organic nature of British voting legislation.


Britain's only pay-as-you-go motorway is to give away a day's net takings to three charities during potentially one of its busiest weeks.

Midland Expressway Ltd, which runs the M6 Toll, said the NSPCC, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Staffordshire and Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts would each receive a share of the takings from July 13.

More on all these stories in Friday's Birmingham Post