Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Juan Cuadrado joined Chelsea

Ten things we learnt from the January transfer window...

The importance of stats

Football is flooded with data now and no signing tells this story better than Gabriel Paulista. Arsenal paid Villarreal £12m for the Brazilian defender after he registered especially high scores on their own American analytics system, StatDNA. There will only be more transfers like this.

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal’s recent revival started at the back (Getty)

Per Mertesacker: Arsenal got a wake-up call from Southampton defeat

Arsenal have been excellent so far in 2015, scoring 15 goals

Paul Lambert makes a gesture on the touchline at the Emirates

Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0: 'It wasn't good enough to lose by that margin,' admits Paul Lambert

'You can't print the things I'm feeling,' said Lambert after defeat

Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0: Five things we learnt from Capital One Cup victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Fabregas is no Mikel; nasty Costa; Lucas crucial for Reds

Diego Costa: Jose Mourinho launches passionate defence after apparent stamps by Chelsea striker on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel

The striker was the target of fierce post-match criticism from Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and former Anfield midfielder and Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp

Sheffield United vs Tottenham: Hostile night will not faze Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs manager says nothing can top South American fan aggression

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Sheffield United vs Tottenham preview: Mauricio Pochettino not taking Blades lightly as he labels semi-final his 'most important game'

Pochettino's side take a slender 1-0 lead into the second leg at Bramall Lane with a place in the Capital One Cup final up for grabs

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own