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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Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Don’t worry about Russian invasions or Qatar slavery – Sepp Blatter will solve it

Ahead of a likely fifth term, the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, persists with his belief that the World Cup can cure the world’s ills

Cesc Fabregas (masked) remonstrates with referee Mike Jones after being sent off on Monday

Cesc Fabregas acted the part of the downtrodden for prize of an early holiday

COMMENT: The Spaniard was sent off in Chelsea's defeat to West Brom - and headed straight for the south of France

Khalifa Stadium in Doha is undergoing complete renovation to host World Cup matches

Fifa urged to act over workers' rights in 'slave state' Qatar

Fifa has put in place strict rules for labourers working on World Cup sites

Manu Tuilagi is another Pacific Islander to have appeared for England

Manu Tuilagi: Stuart Lancaster made the right choice to expel centre from England after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer

COMMENT: Tuilagi should be treated the same as everyone else - and he has

Would Brady have been as effective if he couldn't pass forward?

Deflategate: Persistent denial is no guarantee of integrity and can leave us all deflated - Tom Peck

COMMENT: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suspended four games for deflating balls - but the franchise still deny it took place

Mako Vunipola, center, being tackled while in action for Saracens

Mako Vunipola sizes up huge points to prove for Saracens and England

Prop ready to fight for Premiership play-off spot this weekend and World Cup starting place in the autumn

Virgin Trains have apologised to Preston North End fans for 'embarrassing' cancellations

Virgin Trains apologises to Preston North End fans for 'embarrassing' cancellations

Richard Branson's rail company sponsors the League One Playoff finalists

Prince Charles with Tony Blair in 2007

Prince Charles 'black spider' letters: Political views from an apolitical figure

Analysis: Very few have near continuous private conversations with ministers

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa to send anti-discrimination officers to World Cup qualifying matches

Fifa will send specific anti-discrimination officers to World Cup qualifying matches as part of its bid to eradicate racism from football terraces.

Chuka Umunna talking to himself in Swindon for his Facebook video

Tom Peck's Sketch: Chuka Umunna and the ultimate in selfies

Detractors will argue he is too slick to connect with Labour's core vote

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?