Helena Williams

Helena Williams is a freelance writer and producer. Her work has been published by the Independent, The Sunday Times, Reuters and Wired, among others. Her website is http://helenaewilliams.com

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Five reasons 'Crabzilla' is definitely not real

Leading invertebrate researcher says "a hoax is an understatement" of photograph appearing to show a colossal crustacean basking off the Kent coastline

One per cent of the global population owns nearly half of the world's wealth

Credit Suisse report says that wealth inequality has increased since 2008

Passengers removed from flight after displaying 'flu-like symptoms'

Emergency crews in protective gear boarded the flight from Dubai after the alarm was signalled "out of an abundance of caution"

Indian news anchor fired over Chinese President blooper

The news reader referred to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping as 'Eleven' Jinping, apparently confusing the name with Roman numerals XI

Ten ways to ward off spiders this autumn

The mild weather means this season is set to be a bad one for arachnophobes. Keep the creepy crawlies at bay with the following techniques.

British man killed two days in to his honeymoon in tragic jet ski crash

Jeremy Hope, 39, died from internal injuries after allegedly colliding with his friend, who has been arrested

Ebola outbreak: Eight bodies found in village latrine after attack on Guinea education team, as Sierra Leone imposes three-day curfew to stop spread of disease

The group, which comprised of local administrators, medical officers, journalists and a preacher, had been abducted by locals armed with rocks and knives in the southeast of the country.

Steve Coogan attends the Alpha Papa premiere in character as Alan Partridge

The best place to be a kid is.... Norwich

The city that has given us Stephen Fry and Alan Partridge has been named as the happiest place for children to grow up

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond defends party's acceptance of major donation from businessman who backed anti-gay campaign

The First Minister defended the decision, saying that it was an example of "honesty and integrity" in politics

Alex Salmond and the nationalists reject claims that Scotland's economy would suffer if the UK broke up

Alex Salmond 'confident' that Scotland will vote for independence next week

But latest poll finds that the Better Together campaign has clawed back a 4 per cent point lead, with just six days to go before referendum day

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas