Tom Mendelsohn

Tom Mendelsohn is The Independent's online student editor. It's a cliché, but he truly does believe that children are our future.

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Welcome to the world of Megagames: 300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game

The giant board games are played by hundreds of people in the same room. The only rule: the rules are deeply confusing
Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett: His wonky misfit heroes were a blessing for a certain kind of wordy pre-teen, like me

There was an endless pleasure in reading his new books

Dippy the Diplodocus's very existence is a malicious lie: the fossil is a cast

There hasn’t been such a blossoming of shared national pain since Crème Egg-gate

A protester holds an Ukranian national flag from a burned building during a face-off against police in Kiev in February

Ukraine peace talks in Belarus called off at the eleventh hour

Talks had been aimed at beefing up flimsy ceasefire

US drone strikes kill seven suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan

Separate operation sees alleged mastermind of Peshawar school attack killed

Two women drivers to be tried before Saudi terrorism court

Activists are said to be in extra trouble for their online positings

1,000 stolen cats are rescued in China

Online pet owners manage to stop thieves before they sold the kidnapped kitties

Vladimir Putin keeps vodka cheap as Russian economic crisis deepens

Russian president moves to protect most precious resource

Christmas on the International Space Station: Astronauts tweet festive cheer

We wonder how they're cooking their turkey though

The leaked document makes clear that Labour is concerned it could lose votes to Nigel Farage’s Ukip party

Nigel Farage is the party leader Londoners want to spend New Year with the least

Ukip leader was voted the the host with the least in a new YouGov poll

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral