Simon Usborne

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The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums

Sexism, apathy, injury, death… From city commuters to elite professionals, women in the saddle have had it too tough for too long. Finally, female cycling is about to step up a gear

Edd Joseph texted his scammer the entire works of Shakespeare

Scam busters: The man who bombarded a con-artist with Shakespeare texts isn't the only victim getting even

When Edd Joseph fell for a fake online advert, he sent his scammer nearly 30,000 texts - and counting. His isn't the only revenge

AN EMPORER PENGUIN AND CHICK HAVE BEEN INSTALLED/UNVEILED AT THE GILBERT WHITE & OATES COLLECTION IN SELBOURNE, HAMPSHIRE

The (very) long march of the emperor penguin

It started with a request from a tiny British museum running an exhibition about Captain Oates: can we have a dead penguin from the Antarctic? And now, after an intrepid two-year odyssey, it's mission accomplished. Simon Usborne reports

Fine diner: Barry Gibbons

Barry Gibbons: The man who brought the Whopper to Britain

Lancashire lad Barry Gibbons became the unlikely boss of Burger King in the US in the late 1980s. It taught him a thing or two about corporate culture, he tells Simon Usborne

Fast and fearless: Kelly Gallagher on her way to winning gold

Kelly Gallagher interview: First Briton to win Winter Paralympics gold medal

Simon Usborne speaks to Kelly Gallagher, the first Briton to win a Winter Paralympics gold, and charts the remarkable story of the visually-impaired skier

Prison cuisine: Anyone wanting to eat at The Clink will need security clearance

The Clink Restaurant in Brixton Prison gives inmates a taste of what life can be like on the outside - and the skills to thrive there

Diners at the South London prison's restaurant - which opens to the public tomorrow - must pass government security checks to ensure they have no links to crime or any inmates

Surgeons perform a live donor kidney transplant

Living kidney donors: 'It seemed like the most useful thing I could do'

More and more Britons are choosing to face surgery to offer a stranger a brighter future. Simon Usborne finds out what drives these altruistic kidney donors

Mountain man: Bode Miller launches himself into another Winter Olympic adventure

Bode Miller: Life on the edge

Bad boy American skier Bode Miller is not one of the sport's wallflowers, fighting both personal tragedy and ageing limbs to compete in Sochi

Who are we to judge decisions on funeral arrangements made by the recently bereaved?

Grief can do strange things to your judgement and reason, but any decisions made by family and friends must respected by everyone else

The swimming pool at the Chedi

Andermatt and Disentis: Twin peaks of perfection? Go now to find out

The little-known ski resorts are being transformed by ambitious developments. Simon Usborne hopes they won't lose their appeal

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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Jokes on Hollywood

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Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
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Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
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