David Crookes

David Crookes is a journalist, author, exhibition curator and communications manager.

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Hang up: phone blockers and taking more care over online boxes may reduce the number of spam calls you receive

How to stop nuisance calls, spam texts and endless messages about mis-sold PPI

The number of spam messages and nuisance calls the average phone owner receives is enough to drive anyone to distraction. Other than hanging up for good, what can be done? David Crookes explains how to dial down the handset harassment

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare PS4 review - a shooter like no other

£34.99; PS3, PS4; PopCap

Games developers Jason Falcus and David Darling to reunite at Kwalee

The two began working together at Codemasters

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale

eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

The site has fought off competition from Amazon and a host of other online auction sites

Couldn't make Gamescom? Here are some UK alternatives

The UK is Europe's largest videogame market and the third largest in the world

The Swapper review: not only a game of great depth, but your jaw will drop at its sheer beauty

£11.59; PS3, PS4, Vita; Facepalm Games

Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson voice the show’s heroes

The Last of Us Remastered: Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices

The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson says she would play Ellie in a sequel

The game was praised for its realistic feel, which involved actors physically acting out their difficult scenes

Skype me up, Scotty: Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy use their universal translators in ‘Star Trek’

Skype Translator vows to translate multilingual voice calls - but is it any good?

David Crookes finds out how fluent the new service is - and whether it has the potential to revolutionise the way we communicate

Labour pledges additional funds for mesothelioma research

Labour has pledged to plough more money into mesothelioma research if the party is elected into power next year.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there