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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Cecil Martin, former AFL star

Footballers must do more to help young, says ex-NFL star and new Boris Johnson mentor

Premier League footballers are not doing enough to help disadvantaged young people, according to the American sportsman recruited by Boris Johnson to mentor London’s teenagers.

‘I was desperate for my team to make it’: Adventurers caught in Greenland storm tell inquest of ordeal that killed friend

Philip Goodeve-Docker died from hypothermia after team became trapped in a tent where temperatures plunged to -20C

Activists voice their opposition and set up camp, while more steadily arrive to swell numbers at the sites to around 1,000

Balcombe fracking protest widens: Second campsite opens as activists prepare to step up their campaign against shale gas exploration in Sussex

For a brief moment, it was a picture of peace. Smells of the previous night's extinguished fires mingled with fresh coffee and, despite a heavy police presence, Balcombe, the centre of a national debate over shale gas extraction, was calm yesterday.

Marin Alsop will be the first female conductor on the Royal Albert Hall podium

Marin Alsop: First Lady of the Last Night of the Proms

For the first time in 118 years, the conductor on the Royal Albert Hall podium will be a woman. It's a chance she is keen to take to promote equality. Paul Bignell meets Marin Alsop

'Industrious and thoughtful' student Ajmol Alam stabbed to death in east London street

16 year-old, who was expecting his GCSE results next week, hoped to be a doctor but those dreams were shattered when he became the eighth teenage stabbing victim in the capital this year

The training mine could help save the lives, and livelihoods, of local people who currently lose limbs to the devices

At last, a ray of hope over landmines: British designer's fake mine will train people in former conflict zones to detonate devices safely

The world's first "simulation" landmine, developed by a British designer, could reduce thousands of casualties maimed by explosive devices left behind in former conflict zones around the world.

Family handout photo of one of the two British teenagers attacked with acid on Zanzibar.

Acid attack victims Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup
return home as Zanzibar police hold five men

Parents release pictures of injuries as volunteer teachers arrive in the UK to be seen by surgeons for ‘horrendous’ burns

Millions of people use photocopiers everyday

You couldn't make it up: Blogger identifies number-changing glitch in Xerox copying machines

Photocopying has always ranked among the more tedious of office chores – and now it seems that some of the machines may have been working against us all along.

Seven per cent of young men have recently stopped using deodorant

High unemployment cuts use of deodorant as jobs market affects male personal hygiene

Modern young men may have a reputation for using a range of beauty products, but it seems the moribund jobs market is now taking its toll on personal hygiene.

The pink eggs will contain dolls, while the blue eggs will contain toy cars

Kinder Surprise in stereotyping row over pink and blue eggs

Kinder Surprise is at the centre of a gender stereotyping row after announcing that it will be selling limited edition pink and blue eggs in the UK.

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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
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From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
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Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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