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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Scraping past Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 proves that mediocrity is not a recent phenomenon as far as England are concerned

Comment: Greg Dyke’s idea that England glory can be forged by B teams on the playing fields of Kidderminster and Barnet is fanciful and illogical

No other country has lower league football like England. It is worth preserving

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere with Delilah and Archie

There are some kids on the pitch... Footballers and their offspring

Footballers parading the fruits of their loins at the end of a season is now de rigueur. Tom Peck analyses this weird trend

Could Everton fans bear to know they had helped Liverpool win the title?

Can Everton bear to win the title for Liverpool?

Everton fans face a terrible choice: halting City could gift title to Liverpool but their team can still reach Europe. Tom Peck assesses the mood on Merseyside

Argentina’s Arsenal team pose holding bananas in Santiago this week as a humorous expression of outrage at the racism aimed at Barcelona’s Dani Alves
A man walks past a wall, reading ‘Don’t Vote’ in Khayelitsha Township on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa

The one-party rainbow nation: How South Africa lost hope after Mandela

South Africans disillusioned with corruption and the excesses of President Zuma will still be saddled with ANC rule after next week’s election

Roland Ratzenberger, two months before his death

Senna anniversary: The death of Roland Ratzenberger – Imola's forgotten tragedy

His fatal accident, 20 years ago today, was overshadowed by that of Ayrton Senna the following day. But he did not die in vain
A view of the action at the Crucible this week
In the good old days Chas and Dave went Snooker Loopy with (front from left) Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor, Terry Griffiths, Willie Thorne and Tony Meo

The ‘Snooker Loopy’ era may have gone for a sport that now seems staid but the skills on view at the Crucible are sharper than ever

Snooker lacks much that has revitalised darts: the lager, the ritualised dancing

The Atletico Madrid coach German Burgos offers a glimpse into the future by donning a pair of Google Glasses

Tom Peck: As technology powers on, will a Google-Glassed future see players tweeting while fouling and fans creating their own virtual reality?

Has Atletico Madrid coach German Burgos seen the future? Certainly, his appearance in the dugout at Getafe earlier this week sporting a pair of Google Glass “wearable computer” spectacles has caught much attention.

South African paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) posing with his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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