Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady is Deputy Managing Editor and former Economics editor of the Independent

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F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has had his bribery case thrown out of court after making a one-off payment of $100m

So $100m is the price of justice for Bernie Ecclestone – we could learn from him

The case leads us into an interesting moral maze

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg lay their wreaths at the Cenotaph in Glasgow to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War (PA)

Ed Miliband's wreath was a mistake, but can we really call him unpatriotic?

Questioning a leader's allegiance has always been an easy way to tarnish their image

Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth

Graham Fellows: 'I can't do John Shuttleworth for ever'

Sean O'Grady joins Graham Fellows down the comedian's local Spar in Louth, Lincolnshire, for milk, pasties – and a heart-to-heart about the future of Sheffield's most versatile singer-songwriter

Shopper’s view: Sweaty and frustrating - the Tesco experience

“Unexpected item in bagging area”. One of the most irritating phrases in modern life, of course.

Exuberant, exciting... expensive: the new Seat Leon

Seat Leon Diesel, motoring review: An exciting car but the thrills don't come cheap

PRICE: £22,555 (£34,992 as tested)
ENGINE CAPACITY: 2 litre diesel
POWER OUTPUT (PS @ rpm): 184 @ 4,000
TOP SPEED (MPH): 142
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG): 65.7
CO 2 EMISSIONS (g/km): 117

The Bentley’s only real flaw is its very long doors, possibly the heaviest on the market

Bentley Continental GT V8 S Coupe, motoring review: The NHS should prescribe this car as a cure for depression

PRICE £139,000
ENGINE CAPACITY 4 litre V8
POWER OUTPUT (BHP) 521
TOP SPEED (MPH) 192
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 26.8
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/KM) 246

Allied troops in what is now Zambia, in vain pursuit of the forces of the elusive German general Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Guerrilla in the mist - a great German military maverick outwits the British again

General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck’s irregulars kept thousands of Allied troops tied down in the east African bush for years. Sean O'Grady reflects on his finest hour

US spies search for a sarcasm detector. Really

So the American secret service is looking for a way to detect sarcasm on Twitter. Of course they are.

Illustrated First & Second World War anniversary editions: Potent weapons in the war against the e-book

It is perhaps appropriate that the important military anniversaries that fall this year should be marked by the publication of volumes that themselves represent potent weapons in the battle between the ebook and traditional publishing. Some are almost as substantial as the Cenotaph; all are spirited affirmations of the delights of print.

This Volcanic Orange model will set you back £24,000

Mini Cooper Automatic, motoring review: The latest mini is fun to drive, fun to be in - and a credit to its heritage

PRICE £16,570 (£24,210 as tested)
ENGINE CAPACITY1.5 litre petrol
POWER OUTPUT 136@4,000-5,000rpm
TOP SPEED 130mph
FUEL ECONOMY 60mpg
CO2 EMISSIONS 112g/km

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

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Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
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Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
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The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
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Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
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Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition