Gareth Purnell

Gareth Purnell is The Independent's Sports Betting Analyst, specialising in identifying opportunities for making money from sports 'exchange betting'. He writes the daily 'iBet' column for the 'i'.

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Daryl Jacob riding Tidal Bay

Grand National 2014 betting: A Process Of Elimination (but don’t bet on it!)

Tidal Bay, Balthazar King and Chance Du Roy tick all the boxes

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales as they are seen viewing horses in the parade ring from the Royal Box on the second day of Royal Ascot in London, 2013

Grand National 2014 betting: Novelty Bets For Grand National Day

You can get odds on Camilla Parkes Bowles placing a bet and a likely appearance from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Paul Nicholls parades Tidal Bay

Grand National betting 2014: Can Tidal Bay buck the historical trends and win at Aintree?

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Ruby Walsh wins on Hedgehunter in 2005

Grand National betting 2014: Analysis of the winning distance market

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The Independent Angler: Big barbel, salmon poachers and team fishing

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
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Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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