Archie Bland

Archie Bland joined the Independent in 2008. After stints as foreign editor, Saturday editor and deputy editor, he was appointed as senior writer in 2013.

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Unfair advantage? Sport England invest £170 [per participant] in rugby league over four years but basketball receives only £9.50

Going for gold is great, but an orange at half time counts too

Kids’ clubs and minority sports are struggling while ever more money gets spent at the top

Changed man: despite a new look, Christopher Jefferies says ‘chances are that someone in the public will recognise me’

Christopher Jefferies was vilified for a murder he didn't commit - now he's a privacy crusader

Jefferies was arrested in 2010 for the murder of Joanna Yeates, and saw his character traduced by the tabloid press. Powerful people now seek his opinions, he has an agent, and his story is to be made into a film

Does money bring happiness? Lottery winner Neil Trotter remains to find out

It could be you: Welcome to the dizzying world of instant wealth

How can big lottery winners be helped from letting it go to their heads? One man knows...

I do rather feel ... The Prince of Wales is an inveterate letter-writer, but expects secrecy

The 'black spider' letters: Dear Prince Charles, opinions are for abdicators

The heir to the throne likes to make his views known – but not to us. He should learn from his mother, and keep his letters polite and bland

Russell Tovey in Him & Her

The BBC in crisis: We all need a place to make mistakes

Axeing the youth-oriented BBC3 from terrestrial television will please some, but we have to pay for quality television and nurture its talent

American news anchor Liz Wahl

Ukraine crisis: Could Russia Today turn you into a Putin propagandist?

The network’s coverage is so biased that its presenters are walking out. Archie Bland tunes in to the other side

Could we be doing more to prevent deaths caused by drug use?

A lethal ignorance: We could make drugs safer. We choose not to

Deaths from PMA, a more toxic form of ecstasy, are rising in the UK, but are almost unknown in countries that take a more pragmatic approach

Kevin Pietersen gestures whilst fielding during the third day of the first international Test cricket match between England and South Africa at the Oval last year

Henry Blofeld: Kevin Pietersen affair ‘a case of leopards and spots’

When a newspaper interview features unpunctuality, it is usually on the part of the talent. Not this time. I am supposed to be interviewing Henry Blofeld, the day after the news that Kevin Pietersen has been sacked by England, but I have misjudged the impact of the Tube strike. When I do finally arrive at his gated community in Chelsea, I am half an hour late; by rights, he ought to be fuming.

Noses for trouble: The team trying to counter the trade in animal parts

At Heathrow, contraband from duck tongues to heroin is being sniffed out

Bill and Liz?

Liz and Bill, Sally's snog and Wendi's alleged paean to Blair's behind: It's been a good week for scandal...

As fact and tittle-tattle interbreed online, they create a strain of gossip that helps create the news agenda – whether we like it or not

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