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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Submersive theatre: a bigger splash!

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

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

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living