Paul Bignell

Paul Bignell is an Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has previously been the acting News Editor of the i Paper, a home news reporter for The Independent for one year and a reporter for the Independent on Sunday for six years.

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There are around 68,000 children in care

Number of children in care in England up 12 per cent

The number of children in council care in England has risen by 12 per cent, with overall costs calculated at £3.4bn.

An online petition has reached 20,000 signatures to remove referee Michael O'Leary after a picture appeared of him 'celebrating' with Nigeria players

World Cup 2014 diary: Bosnia outraged by ‘celebrating’ referee following early elimination

New Zealand referee Peter O’Leary is facing calls to be sent off after an image appeared with what looked to be the official “celebrating” with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama immediately after their 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday. An online petition to Fifa has already collected some 20,000 signatures to remove O’Leary from the tournament. The referee drew widespread criticism after disallowing a perfectly good Edin Dzeko strike for offside after 21 minutes. Eight minutes later Peter Odemwingie fired the Super Eagles in front.

Croatia's players are now refusing to talk to reporters after photos were published of them bathing nude in the team’s swimming pool

World Cup 2014 Diary: How ‘warm’ 1966 Beckenbauer shirt paid off for Derby policeman

A look at the things you may have missed

New research says the UK audience is more likely than any that in other country around the world to watch matches in the pub

World Cup 2014 Diary: South Korea urged to enjoy Brazilian journey while they can

Parking The Bus – yet another tedious corporate snooze-fest of a worldwide fan competition to choose the slogans to go down the side of every team bus – has in fact yielded some amusingly joyous results.

Daniella Semaan

World Cup 2014 diary: Romance relegated to supporting role on Brazil’s big day

The events you may have missed in Brazil

Fuleco, the official mascot of the Brazil World Cup

World Cup 2014 diary: Not another dreadful mascot? It's time to roll up into a ball and hide

Armadillo! World Cup 2014 will be a not-before-time welcome back into the limelight for a creature all but abandoned in popular culture since Harry Enfield's seminal 1990s advert for Dime bars.

Yawn...Founder James Ward at the fourth annual Boring Conference

Boring Conference 2014: Yawning? Well, you’re supposed to be

The annual conference celebrating life’s seemingly tedious things is in danger of becoming interesting

Pro-government ‘red shirts’ in Bangkok yesterday
Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur remake: Seventh version of biblical blockbuster targets Hollywood's burgeoning audience of Christians

Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov will be behind the camera, but there is no news yet on who will step into Charlton Heston's sandals to play the lead
Records have seen an increase in sales

Record Store Day 2014: The spin is still in

The crowds at yesterday’s International Record Store day proves that vinyl, once written off as obsolete, is cool once more, says Paul Bignell

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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
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