Luke Blackall

Luke Blackall edits the i's Caught and Social column.

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Going for gold: Dubai is offering its people incentives to lose weight

A diet scheme worth its weight in gold (or £27)

Competitive weight loss was the stuff of TV shows like The Biggest Loser, but now Dubai is taking it to the masses.

A woman cools her foot in a fountain during hot weather in Nottingham, central England May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Heatwave, what heatwave? Hanging out in Britain's coldest spots

It's not all sweat and sweltering - from Ceredigion to Cornwall, find out what you could be up to in out of the heat

Man About Town: Meet Ronnie Wood and family

On Thursday night I was invited to his ex-wife Jo’s house for dinner - rather than being an exclusive thing anyone can pay to come along

Sam Neill runs away from dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III

The worst thing BuzzFeed’s ever done? Explaining Egypt, using only Jurassic Park Gifs

The website combines funny items with stories that actually matter

Charles Saatchi puts his hand over Nigella Lawson's mouth at Scott's in December

A very public divorce: Charles Saatchi uses newspaper to tell Nigella Lawson, 'It's over'

The much-covered marital break-up of Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson took another very public turn on Sunday, as Mr Saatchi announced in a Sunday newspaper that the pair were to divorce, apparently before he had even told Ms Lawson.

Man About Town: Glam and glee at Glastonbury

I don’t know what they were taking, but whatever it was, it should be handed out to politicians before major diplomatic conferences

'S***storm' is a word Chancellor Angela Merkel likes, having used it to describe the Eurozone crisis

Scheißesturm! Why foreign swearing is best (as Angela Merkel knows)

Despite the fact that German is a better language than English for compound nouns, the latest addition to German dictionaries has a particularly British ring to it.

Two lads partake in boozy banter

Internet searches: Mapping Britain’s capitals of top banter

If you’re looking for a flat share in a “lovely house”, where key features include “mucking in”, “movie nights” and “banter”, (or just want to avoid them) then you’re in luck.

Sunday was date night for the trim reality star and new husband Jay Rutland, with the pair popping into chicken chain Nando’s on Sunday before heading to the cinema

Why is Tamara so happy? Because, a new study reports, she's eating out in Nando's, and going to restaurants makes people happy

Wondering whether to go out for dinner tonight? Well take it from us, you should, it will make you happier.

Man About Town: Can I beat former Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic? What do you think?

I felt like the quarry of a bird of prey who had been dropped from a great height, and was now stunned, and ready to be swallowed 

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific