Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a reporter on The Independent's news desk with an interest in just about everything. In January 2012 he became the paper's Olympics Correspondent.

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Outflanking the Tolkien fans on New Zealand's Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Mt Ngauruhoe featured as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings and forms the centrepiece of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Ivory Coast feature a number of Premier League stars, including Cheick Tioté (back, second from left), Wilfried Bony (third left) and Yaya Touré (fifth left)

African Cup of Nations 2015: Premier League clubs set to pay a high price as players depart

Equatorial Guinea tournament - and Asia Cup - will deprive many teams of star performers for crucial games. Tom Peck discovers the main losers

Gross wrote a book - 'Late Fragments' - before she died

Remembering Kate Gross: Tony Blair's former aide died on Christmas day aged 36

She was writing the Queen's speech in her twenties, as well as advising Tony Blair as his private secretary for Home Affairs, and founding a charity for Africa. Tom Peck remembers his friend's remarkable wife
Peter Moores said sacking Cook

Globetrotting England talk of new mindsets and fresh eras

Peter Moores claims team enters hectic year with more aggressive outlook after ‘brave’ decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain

Prince Ali with Blatter in 2014

Prince Ali of Jordan offers welcome alternative to toxic Sepp Blatter

Prince Ali is a doer, not a talker like Blatter

Alastair Cook looks dejected during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England

Alastair Cook’s bad form dragged England down, says Stuart Broad

Cook was sacked as one-day captain a few days before Christmas, with Eoin Morgan replacing him

Scotland's Gary Anderson celebrates his win during the PDC World darts final against Phil Taylor of England at the Alexandra Palace in London, England

Darts: Gary Anderson seizes unlikely triumph with PDC World Darts Championship win

Scot was 16-1 shot at the start of PDC World Championship but rose to the occasion to shock Taylor

Ander Herrera celebrates the opener
If Chelsea sign Tom Daley this year, manager Jose Mourinho will have no comeback when his players are accused of diving

From KP's new book to Chelsea's star diver, 2015 will be...different

Let's take a look at the year to come...

Tony Pulis was an eager spectator at Upton Park

West Ham vs West Brom report: New West Brom manager Tony Pulis watches on as Baggies fight back

West Ham 1 West Brom 1: Sakho had put the Hammers ahead

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project