Will Hawkes

Will Hawkes works on The Independent's Sports Desk. He writes about beer in his spare time.

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Green machine: Mark Cavendish

2011 sporting review: The year of the drought-breakers

Lancashire's title, Clarke's Open and Cavendish's jersey show that good things come (eventually) to those who wait

Beer: Battling the Black Stuff

Taking on Guinness is the beer world’s equivalent of offering to mark Lionel Messi, or flicking Mike Tyson’s ears: it suggests a predilection for painful humiliation.

Will Hawkes: Pearce provides champagne moments but Lawrenson needs a few beers

The View From The Sofa: Euro 2012 Draw, BBC2

The Englishman at the heart of America’s beer revolution

Britain’s “Special Relationship” with the US may exist largely in the minds of our politicians, but in the world of beer it’s as real as taxes.

Garrett Oliver: ‘Beer now is a 20-way street’

Today’s Independent carries a profile of Garrett Oliver, but the limitations of print meant there was plenty of interesting stuff that got left out – so here it is...

Taste maker: New Yorker Garrett Oliver, who is a world expert on beer, a craft brewer and now editor of a definitive beer guide

Good brews bible: The Oxford Companion to Beer encourages people to take ales more seriously

Contrary to stereotypes, its editor is black, clean-cut – and American.

Birth of the beer sommelier

It’s a dispiriting experience familiar to anyone who has ever asked for beer in one of London’s many high-end restaurants.

Beer: Yorkshire’s American revolution

You don’t have to be in Yorkshire long to notice that the locals like beer.

Beer: From homebrew to Henley

Henley is a pretty unlikely spot for a revolution, but that’s Americans for you.

Surrey's Man United boast is a heavy load for Hamilton-Brown

Idle boasts can come back to haunt you. Surrey may have spent the last few seasons bobbing around the bottom of the Second Division but the idea that they're "the Manchester United of cricket", a questionable claim that first reared its head over 10 years ago, persists. Rory Hamilton-Brown, the club's captain, is the latest to invoke English football's most popular side. "As a club, Surrey is the Manchester United of cricket – there is no hiding behind that – but we don't have that status on the field," he said at the beginning of the season.

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Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
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You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

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Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
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Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
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Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
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'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
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Sir John Major hits out at theatres

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Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

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