Natasha Culzac

Natasha Culzac writes for http://independent.co.uk

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Ukip candidate Mark Reckless has a nine-point lead over the Tories for his Kent seat, a new poll shows

Ukip's Mark Reckless in a nine-point lead over Tories for Kent seat

The former Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood is standing again under Ukip, with an opinion poll of the by-election placing him as an almost-certain winner

A letter has been signed by 300 priests and parishioners urging gay bishops to come out

Gay bishops encouraged to come out in petition by Church of England priests and parishioners

More than 300 members of the clergy made the appeal to the episcopate, but warned against the involuntary outing of bishops

Two container ships on the Suez Canal crashed on Monday

Watch two container ships collide on Egypt's Suez Canal

The German and Singaporean vessels made contact on Monday, causing delays on the important trade route

Ukrainian parliamentarian Nestor Shufrych is beaten up by a mob of activities

Ukrainian politician and former Yanukovych ally Nestor Shufrych beaten up by activists

The parliamentarian was campaigning in Odessa ahead of the 26 October elections, but was set upon by people who do not want to see him in a position of power

Couples who boast about their relationship have been condemned as the most annoying Facebook users

Couples who gush about each other are the 'most annoying' Facebook users

A quarter of those surveyed said public declarations of love were irritating, while others said the worst were those who bragged about their "perfect lives"

This Banksy mural in Clacton has been removed by the council

'Offensive' Banksy immigration mural in Clacton scrubbed off wall by council

The mural appeared this week in Clacton-on-Sea but the council, which said it did not know it was a Banksy piece, removed it following a complaint

Red wine could help combat acne, researchers say

Antioxidant in red wine could help reduce acne, study says

Researchers at UCLA found the antioxidant resveratrol, which can be found in grapes, wine and berries, worked wonders when combined with the traditional acne treatment of benzoyl peroxide

10,000 pigeons were subject to anal examinations before being released as part of China's National Day celebrations - seen here in 2009

China performs cavity searches on 10,000 pigeons ahead of National Day event

National Day happens annually on 1 October and celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China

The Docotch 01 watch, unveiled today by NTT DoCoMo

Wearable tech for kids: Children's GPS-enabled watch tells parents where they are

The Docotch 01 watch will not be available until March 2015

An Internet security expert has warned that voice recognition technology needs to be more secure

Voice recognition software may be convenient but it's also a security risk, expert warns

The CTO of AVG Technologies says that manufactures need to let us configure our voices to the activation of important commands

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas