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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Mario Balotelli should perhaps be admired for his shirt-swapping antics

After Mario Balotelli versus Real Madrid: This shirt-swapping lark can be a lucrative business

It was the kind of singular determination many a Liverpool fan has been bemoaning the complete absence of in their new £16m man. But to seek out the shirt of Portuguese centre-back Pepe successfully, amid the glare from the galaxy of galacticos spread out across the Anfield pitch as the half-time whistle blew, is something for which Mario Balotelli should perhaps be admired.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by south African policemen to a police vehicle to transported to prison at the High Court in Pretoria

Those who see Reeva Steenkamp's death as a feminist call to arms are wrong

However appalling Pistorius’s actions, it should be recognised that he killed his girlfriend in a wild, reckless and obscenely macho attempt to protect her

Oscar Pistorius briefly holds the hand of his uncle Arnold as he is taken to the holding cells after sentencing

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison – but verdict appeal looks a possibility

Arnold Pistorius: “This has been an incredibly hard and painful process for everyone involved"

Jack Wilshere

Arsene Wenger’s English nucleus a sign of changes at Arsenal

Five English players are expected to start against Hull

Tom Peck: Stuff this healthy diet – American dreams are made of calorie-rich Baconators. Just ask the success-starved Washington Redskins

Washington one of the first NFL teams to take diet seriously; but they've lost four in a row

Arsène Wenger will be handed £20m in January to bring in defensive reinforcements

Arsenal AGM: Arsene Wenger pledges to strengthen Gunners defence in January transfer window

The manager is understood to have £20m available for the purposes of strengthening his backline

Stan Kroenke received £3m for a ‘wide range of services’

Arsenal AGM: Gunners have fans on toast at the annual ‘grilling’

“We don’t have anything like this in the US,” Stan Kroenke, Arsenal’s semi-anonymous controlling shareholder, told the club’s AGM. “I think if we [did] they’d probably declare a two-week holiday for some of our teams because people would have so much fun grilling the owners, they would need that amount of time.”

Behind the Door: the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener & Barry Bateman, book review

Illuminating study gives a wealth of insights into Oscar Pistorius trial

Arsenal AGM: Five things we learnt, including ticket prices, the return of 4-4-2 and Stan Kroenke 'advisory services'

Arsenal will buy a defender in January and make a return to 4-4-2

Pep Guardiola: a year in the life of a serial title winner

New fly-on-the-wall book on Bayern coach offers candid insight into triumphs –and mistakes – of his first season in Germany

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker