James Legge

James Legge is an online writer for The Independent

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A mugshot of Ian Watkins released by South Wales Police following his guilty pleas

Lostprophets members 'would have killed Ian Watkins on the spot' if they'd known about frontman's child sex abuse

Musicians, now of No Devotion, open up about 'when 15 years of your life is washed down the toilet'

A member of Maccabi Haifa's staff speaks to the referee as the match is abandoned
Popes current and former won't be watching the football together

World Cup 2014: Pope Francis and predecessor Benedict won't be watching Argentina and Germany face off in the final

... and he's said he won't even pray for a South American victory

13 aircraft went missing from controllers' screens

'Unprecedented' disappearance of aircraft from radar screens in Europe

The EU's aviation safety body had been called to investigate

Scotland Yard detectives dig at an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz

Madeleine McCann latest: Police erect tent and begin digging in Portugal scrubland search

British police in Praia da Luz begin third day of search

York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive

Breaking the chains on high streets: A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide

First Liverpool, then Birmingham for movement that helps customers track down local traders with special offers for its members

Maria Miller resigns: Cabinet replacements Sajid Javid and Nicky Morgan have controversial pasts

Newly rid of one ministerial headache after Maria Miller's resignation, David Cameron may find his new cabinet members' recent pasts throw up a few controversies of their own.

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed

Ukraine crisis: David Cameron attacks Crimea vote 'under barrel of a Kalashnikov'

David Cameron warned Russia today that it faces international isolation and tighter sanctions unless Moscow takes steps to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Postcard from... Nowa Huta

The 20th century still looms large in Poland, and particularly in Nowa Huta. The eastern suburb of Krakow was built almost from scratch at Stalin’s behest by Poland’s communist government shortly after the Second world War, and is still home to more than 100,000 residents. The area – whose name means “New Steelworks” in Polish – was built as a sort of communised utopia for the city’s workers.

Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa

Oscar Pistorius trial: Where is he now? One year on from Valentine's Day tragedy

As the athlete releases 'a few words' in memory of Reeva Steenkamp today, we look back at his life since the alleged murder took place

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution