Jack Pitt-Brooke

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

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Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs are heading in right direction

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Spurs aim to end jinx after finally tuning in to Mauricio Pochettino's way

Spurs haven't won at Chelsea since February 1990

Arsenal vs Southampton: 'Thierry Henry is owed a final farewell game for France against Brazil,' says Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Wenger says French Football Federation failed to give him sufficient support after handball incident in match against Republic of Ireland in 2010

Christian Benteke wheels away in celebration
Thierry Henry and Arsene Wenger

Thierry Henry: Arsene Wenger predicts club legend will return 'because he is an Arsenal man'

Wenger admitted that he sees Henry's future with the Gunners because 'he is an Arsenal man'

Christian Benteke was out for six months with an Achilles injury, then picked up a suspension

Aston Villa cling to Christian Benteke for hopes of turnaround

Their early form – three wins and a draw from their first four league games – seems like the exception to the rule

Diego Costa’s goals will be vital to Chelsea’s title hopes

The Premier League: So, what have we learnt so far...?

With a third of the Premier League season gone, Jack Pitt-Brooke assesses the progress so far

Diego Costa

Chelsea vs West Brom: Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa is ready for ‘marathon’ Christmas

Mourinho said the striker is "free of his old injury"

Ben Foster, left, and Fraser Forster are vying for the England goalkeeper’s jersey against Scotland on Tuesday night

Scotland vs England: Fraser Forster wants different taste of Parkhead roar

Goalkeeper enjoyed four successful seasons at Celtic

From Warsaw to Wigan: Adrian Purzycki part of new breed of UK-based Poles

England U18s will play a familiar face when they meet Poland U18s

England vs Slovenia: How Slovenia became the mouse that roared

The small Balkan state, where skiing and basketball were far more popular, has overachieved spectacularly for more than a decade. Jack Pitt-Brooke hears that football’s ‘accidental’ revolution was sparked by Srecko Katanec’s arrival as coach

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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'