Simon Usborne

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The Hope pub now caters to night-shifters

Smithfield: London's centuries-old meat market where your 8am fry-up comes with a pint of stout

It is an upside-down world dawn food and drink scene that defies all convention

Time lord: Dr Leon Lobo at the NPL lab with Caesium I, a time machine built in 1955

A leap second will be added to time next week but watch out - chaos may ensue

Next Tuesday night, a planned 'leap second' will delay July, momentarily. This quirky practice of recalibration could have some unwanted consequences, discovers Simon Usborne

Nicholas Parsons interview: The veteran broadcaster on 48 years of 'Just a Minute', and how he nearly pursued a career in politics

Parsons became a household name in the 1970s as host of 'Sale of the Century' on ITV, and has chaired Radio 4's comedy panel game 'Just a Minute' since its inception in 1967

10 best cycling books

To celebrate Bike Week and the start of the Tour de France, we find inspirational works for fans of life on two wheels

Over the next 12 months OS is to replace all 607 of its current paper map titles with a new design and an additional mobile download

Ordnance Survey joins the digital age with an app to take walkers from A-Z

Ordnance Survey is belatedly embracing the digital age with an app to accompany its paper products. But in this age of satnavs and Google Maps, is it joining the party too late? Simon Usborne charts its progress
Chris Evans: the presenter in his 'TFI Friday' heyday

TFI Friday, review: Chris Evans revives the Nineties classic to great effect - then drives it off a cliff

Fast forward almost 20 years and Page 3 is extinct - just - and lad mags ain’t what they used to be

Safe like this

Safety posters from the golden age of accident prevention: Have we lost the art of communication at a cost of countless lives?

Simon Usborne uncovers the poignant personal story that inspired the collection in a new book.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates setting a new hour record distance

Bradley Wiggins hour record: Tour de France winner powers into record books after an hour of torture and triumph

Wiggins breaks the previous record set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett just last month before confirming he won't attempt to beat the hour record again

Sir Bradley Wiggins training at Lee Valley VeloPark for Sunday's attempt on the hour world record

Sir Bradley Wiggins: History inspires Wiggins in his attempt to become Hour hero

The Hour is as old as cycling itself, and has tempted and tortured the world’s greatest cyclists

Sir Bradley Wiggins following a training session at Lee Valley velodrome yesterday

Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

A crowd of more than 6,000 will pack the stands, joining a global TV audience of millions as the Olympian looks beyond the 52.9km mark set by his British rival Alex Dowsett last month

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Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
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Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
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Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
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'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
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Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

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We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
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What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue