Jack Pitt-Brooke

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

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Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s winner against Hull City in last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley

Reading vs Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey seeks FA Cup salvation to end spell of emotional anguish

Arsenal midfielder targets Wembley success after tough year blighted with hamstring injury and his grandmother’s death

Theo Walcott has been used sparingly since his return from injury

Reading vs Arsenal: Alex Pearce aims to 'walk all over' Theo Walcott like he's still 12

Reading defender Alex Pearce remembers Theo Walcott as a ‘very quick’ 12-year-old opponent

Reading manager Steve Clarke

Arsenal vs Reading: Steve Clarke going it alone as Royals' manager refuses to be drawn on Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho

Reading manager says he's an independent manager who doesn't 'go picking up the phone and asking other managers what you should be doing'

Wojciech Szczesny (right) and David Ospina head for Arsenal training at London Colney

Arsenal vs Reading: Arsene Wenger hints that Wojciech Szczesny's time at the club may be nearing an end

The Pole received an ambiguous endorsement when his manager was asked about the goalkeeper's long-term future at the Emirates

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal vs Reading fixture clash with Chelsea vs Manchester United questioned by Arsene Wenger

The two high-profile games will kick off just 10 minutes apart

Steve Clarke has expressed 'deep regret' at his sacking by West Brom, claiming he had 'unfinished business' at the Hawthorns

Reading vs Arsenal: Steve Clarke worried about month break if Royals beat Gunners

Reading's season finishes on 2 May - the FA Cup final is 30 May

Reading vs Bournemouth match report: Cherries close on historic promotion with Callum Wilson winner

Reading 0 Bournemouth 1: Manager Eddie Howe hails 'a different kind of win' for his Premier League hopefuls

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0: Raheem Sterling knows his worth but doesn't always show it, plus other things we learnt from Anfield

Liverpool closed the gap to Manchester City to just four points

Juventus vs Monaco preview: Old Lady full of confidence to seize semi-final chance

Italian giants have not reached the semi-final since 2003

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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine