Laura Davis

Laura Davis is Senior Editor of Independent Voices and editor of weekly gaming column The Console

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GTA 5 launch: Are you a true Grand Theft Auto fan?

The wait is nearly over.

You have be warned: Friday the 13th and other superstitions

It's that unlucky time of year again.

Review: Rayman Legends

Rayman turns 18 this year, but Rayman Legends – the latest addition to the series, following on from 2011’s Rayman Origins – shows no signs of a dodgy teenage rebellion.

Last night's viewing: Burgled, Channel 4
The Man Who Ate Himself to Death, Channel 5

The Cutting Edge documentary Burgled opened with a sobering statistic – a burglary takes place every 47 seconds in the UK. In order to delve deeper into the life of crime, Channel 4 followed the West Yorkshire police to the home of some of the most burgled neighbourhoods in Britain: Leeds. The documentary adopted Cops-style filming, following police officers on duty as they attempted to catch thieves. This led us to believe that we were in for some fast-paced, real-life action. We weren't.

Are you as smart as a GCSE student?

Last week it was A Level results, which showed the number of pupils scoring top grades dropping for second year running.

Simon Cowell (C) with (L-R) Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne from One Direction attend the 'One Direction This Is Us' world premiere

One Direction ‘This Is Us’ premiere: the reaction

Thousands of fans waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of Harry Styles - and the others - as they attended the UK premiere of One Direction's debut film This Is Us. You could hear the screaming from Manchester.

Gamescom 2013: The battle is on with Microsoft's Xbox One as Sony announces PS4 launch date

Huge announcements in the gaming world will be taking place this week at Gamescom, the biggest gaming conference in Europe.

Lady Gaga accuses Perez Hilton of stalking: Do celebrity critics tend to cross the line?

They used to be friends. He called her his 'wifey'. And now she's calling him a stalker.

Who's, they're, you're: It's the apostrophe quiz

Apostrophes.

The best A-Level results day excuses

Thursday 15th August.

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport