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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Body found after Briton lost during Med cruise

Rescue teams called off their search for a British woman who was believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean last night after finding a body. The woman, thought to be in her 70s, was reported missing from the P&O cruise ship Aurora as it sailed from the Portuguese city of Oporto to Barcelona on Friday.

Diary of a rock star: Marc Bolan in a previously unseen photograph featured in the new biography, Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan

Mystery of Marc Bolan's death solved

On the 35th anniversary of the glam rock star's death in a car accident, an eyewitness reveals what happened

Professor Scott Fahlman: a colon, hyphen and bracket were the first emoticon

Happy 30th birthday emoticon! :-)

A Pittsburgh professor invented the forerunners. He hates the little yellow icons they have become

In the bones: Joseph Merrick, photographed about 1889. His skeleton will be tapped for DNA

Will DNA unlock the Elephant Man's final secret?

Skeleton could hold key to century-old puzzle of what caused Joseph Merrick's terrible disfigurement

Orchestra members and tutors rehearse in Edinburgh ahead of their tour

'World's bravest orchestra' defies the bombers

Next week, young Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain. Paul Bignell reports on the obstacles they faced

You can be serious: Top comics play it straight at Fringe

Some of Britain's top comics are putting away their one-liners to perform in straight dramas at the Edinburgh Festival

Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland enjoy that winning feeling

Rowers celebrate best medal haul

Wins in women's lightweight double sculls and men's coxless four, though men's double sculls lose out

Winning combination: From left, Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell displaying their medals

Cycling trio add to glory in the velodrome

The three women break world record to triumph in the 3km race

Adele's January releases have ridden the risk of post-Christmas doldrums but proved a huge success

Only Adele can save us, say music shops

Record labels are helping to kill the industry by refusing to spread major releases throughout the year, retailers say

1. The Designer: Ulyana Sergeenko, 32
The wife of a Russian insurance billionaire who started her own Moscow-based fashion label. Her haute couture debut in Paris earlier this month was the talk of the fashion world.

Russian design takes Europe's catwalks by storm

The invasion from the east is latest front for the nation's booming £30bn fashion industry

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam