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Michael Asante & Kenrick Sandy: 'When Danny Boyle called about working on the Olympics, we were in shock. Things snowballed after that'

Asante and Sandy are co-directors of Boy Blue Entertainment, an award-winning hip-hop dance company

Hans Ulrich Obrist interview: The globe-trotting curator on skipping sleep, the ritual of running and why the internet is good for art

Obrist is co-director at London's Serpentine Gallery and author of 'Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects'

Matthew Crawford interview: The philosopher-mechanic talks Plato, passivity and pleasures

Crawford is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and also makes parts for custom motorcycles

Matt Haig interview: The author on books as antidepressants, finding religion in Shakespeare and why country music is good for the soul

Haig is a bestselling novelist whose books include 'The Last Family in England', the Nestlé Children's Book Prize-winning 'Shadow Forest' and 'The Humans'

Some school libraries once refused to stock David Levithan’s books

David Levithan interview: The US author on leading the way in LGBT fiction for young adults

'It was probably a radical notion in 2003 that teenagers could be gay'

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd interview: The performance artist on Isaac Hayes' smoke machine, and wanting to be a glamour model

The performance was born Alalia Chetwynd, but changed her name to Marvin Gaye because she 'was so taken by his life'

Frank Cottrell Boyce & Danny Wallace: 'My daughter thought it was going to be Danny Boyle, and was very disappointed'

The pair met when writer and broadcaster Wallace asked former 'Brookside' scriptwriter Cottrell Boyce to write a script of his book, Join Me, in 2004

Desiree Akhavan & Ira Sachs: 'Seeing an out person living the kind of life I wanted made me want to emulate it'

The writer and actress met the independent film-maker at New York University while she was studying film directing

Pat Kane interview: The writer and musician on listening to your mum, the 1980s nostalgia circuit and Scotland after the referendum

One half of the pop duo Hue and Cry, Kane was one of the founding editors of Scotland's 'Sunday Herald' newspaper and is now an arts journalist

Heydon Prowse & Jolyon Rubinstein: 'We do The Revolution Will Be Televised because we're super-intense ourselves; we're a bit mad'

The duo behind the Bafta-winning BBC3 series first met at primary school

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...