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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PM sends Thatcher 'get well' tweet

The Prime Minister yesterday wished Margaret Thatcher a "speedy recovery" as she recuperated after undergoing surgery to remove a growth from her bladder. Baroness Thatcher is expected to spend Christmas recuperating in hospital following the "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the lump.

Submersive theatre: a bigger splash!

'Fuerzabruta' is back says Paul Bignell, and the antics are edgier, louder and messier than ever
Splash hit: Fuerzabruta's audience in New York looks up at a swimming cast

Submersive theatre: a bigger splash!

'Fuerzabruta' is back and the antics are edgier, louder and messier than ever, says Paul Bignell

Trevor Cairns, 62 - Arrested for possession of drugs

Pensioner prisoners: Old lags just got older

The number of over-60s behind bars has jumped 20 per cent in four years: one jail has a specially equipped wing with a stairlift. Paul Bignell investigates

LOL: David Cameron to Rebekah Brooks, 2010:
Used as a sign-off by the PM in texts to now disgraced former News International exec Rebekah Brooks. Cameron ended texts “LOL”, thinking it meant “lots of love”, til Brooks told him it means “laugh out loud”.

SMS SOS! A rather unhappy birthday

The first texts were sent 20 years ago, and, to the industry's surprise, became a sensation. But now they're past their peak

Wembley hero dies at 27

The first footballer to score a competitive goal at the new Wembley Stadium has died suddenly, aged 27, the Football League said yesterday. Mitchell Cole had been forced to retire as a professional player in 2011 due to a heart condition which left him with an irregular thickness of the heart. Cole, who was married to the sister of England international Joe Cole, scored for Stevenage against Kidderminster at Wembley in the 2007 FA Trophy Final. He said last year he would be risking death if he were to play again.

Do you want to know a secret? The Beatles gave their opinion on Elvis in an interview with a DJ in 1965, a tape of which is being auctioned

Revealed in a newly discovered interview: What the Beatles thought about Elvis

'The King': We don't like his new stuff much!

What's 4 for? Phil Redmond now believes Channel 4 has lost its way in its relentless quest for ratings

Phil Redmond: 'The lesbian kiss got C4 most attention'

The writer of 'Brookside' and 'Grange Hill', tells Paul Bignell how the channel – 30 years old this week – sold out

British Antarctic Survey saved as merger plan is scuppered

Controversial plans to merge two of Britain’s most distinguished scientific institutions may be abandoned following a public outcry. Government proposals to merge the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), look set to be scrapped this week The Independent on Sunday has learned. The cost-cutting measure was strongly criticised by top British and international scientists and was first revealed in this newspaper in April this year.

Al Gore waded into the debate over the fate of one of the UK's most distinguished scientific operations

Gore wades into British Antarctic row

Former US vice-president joins scientists in battle over controversial merger plans

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