Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Qualified Teacher's required - Dartford **URGENT**

Highly Competitive Rates of Pay: Randstad Education Group: Randstad Education ...

Maths Teacher Norwich

£25000 - £32000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Are looking ...

English Teacher, delightful Margate School

Competitive Salary: Randstad Education Group: An experienced and qualified Tea...

Health & Social Care / Science Teacher

£1 per day + Main Teacher Pay Scale : Randstad Education Leeds: Health and Soc...

Page 3 Profile: Alex Thomson, Britain's new sailing hero

A sailor to rival Dame Ellen MacArthur?

Yachtsman Alex Thomson has claimed third place in the most arduous challenge in sailing: the Vendée Globe. The 38-year-old, from Gosport in Hampshire, managed the 27,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe in his monohull boat in just 80 days, wiping eight days off the British record. His prize was £64,000. Thomson is only the third Briton to claim a podium finish (MacArthur finished second in 2001 and Mike Golding came third in 2004), which is even more impressive given the Vendée's gruelling nature: sailors have to sleep in 20-minute snatches.

He must be delighted.

"The last two days have been hectic. I never felt comfortable until I crossed the line because I have been trying to finish this race for 10 years," he said, adding that the crowds waiting for him in Les Sables d'Olonne in France made it all worthwhile. Thomson has become popular in France after showing sportsmanlike conduct during the perilous race. He changed his course to look after Frenchman Jean-Pierre Dick, who lost his keel in the North Atlantic. "He would have done it for me," Thomson said. France still had a lot to cheer: François Gabart won in a record time of 78 days and two hours. Armel Le Cleac'h was second.

How did Thomson celebrate?

There was a happy reunion with his wife Kate and two-year-old son Oscar, and after months of freeze-dried food he couldn't wait to tuck in to something more succulent. "I would murder for a cheeseburger," he said. He was given one, but not the one he wanted, saying he would have preferred a Big Mac.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

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