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There is the woman who dreamt of being a goalkeeper for Arsenal Football Club but was discouraged; the mother who was so short she had to sit on pillows to drive ambulances in the Second World War; and the bull-fighting grandmother who was born a maid, in a stately home.

Is masculinity in crisis? Singer Billy Bragg and director Topher Campbell have their say...

Fighting, football, feminism… The singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, 57, and the theatre director, writer and film-maker Topher Campbell, 42, discuss what it means to be a man today

The top ten: Tautologies

There is a pub on Borough High Street, just south of London Bridge, called The Barrowboy and Banker, which ought to be the secret HQ of the internet campaign called Tautologywatch, run by Amol Rajan, editor of The Independent. To curry favour with him, I offer this list.

City of London's grisly decapitated skull mystery solved using state-of-the-art forensic techniques

Archaeologists are thrilled at the blood-thirsty findings

Jonny Benjamin has launched the 'Finding Mike' campaign to track down the man who saved his life

Finding Mike: man searching for the stranger who stopped him jumping off a bridge into the River Thames

Jonny Benjamin is searching for the man who saved his life and kick-started his recovery

An emergency ambulance similar to the one a seven-year-old called out for is grandad

Seven-year-old Sunderland boy and his younger sister save grandad from heart attack

Adam Smith  called an ambulance and knew to show the paramedics his grandfather's medicine

The top ten: Unexpected etymologies

A discussion on the ‘Independent on Sunday’ Comment desk about whether certain words (feisty, blowsy, bubbly) were sexist because they were almost always applied  to women degenerated into  a trawl through the Oxford Dictionary for the surprising origins of some words.

‘Which inventions were created by accident?’

Potato chips. In the 1800s in New York, a customer at a restaurant sent back French fries because they were too thick. The cook made thinner ones that the customer still thought were too thick. Exasperated, the chef made ones that were exceedingly thin to piss off the customer... who loved them.

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill recreated wakeboarding, similar to that pictured, in a carpark in Guildford

Professional wakeboarder Jack Hammersley defends video of ride in carpark

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

Twitter user Craig Davies claims to have taken this photo of a hearse at the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant

Picture of a coffin-carrying hearse trying to 'visit KFC and Starbucks' posted on Twitter

Twitter user Craig Davies said the driver gave up and moved on to Starbucks

A man competes in the Selfie Olympics

The Selfie Olympics: the trend of 2013 reloaded

Hundreds of pictures as part of the trend show 'olympians' in bizarre poses

A woman sits on a bus as it makes its way along St Vincent Street

Britons wake up to Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year

The first Monday back to work sees more divorces and miserable tweets than any other day of the year

The Church of England has been accused of 'dumbing down' the baptism service, one of the cornerstones of the faith, by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to 'repent sins' and 'reject the Devil'

Church of England is ‘dumbing down’ christenings, says cleric

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service, one of the cornerstones of the faith, by changing its wording so parents and godparents no longer have to “repent sins” and “reject the Devil”.

The top ten: Most English remarks of all time

Janan Ganesh, the 'Financial Times' commentator, was most taken by David Cameron's quotation of Boris Johnson's line about his Anglican belief: 'My faith is a bit like Magic FM in the Chilterns, in that the signal comes and goes.' Who can compete?

Take a punth on it: From Veganuary to Decembeard – How each month of the year became a charity endeavour

Chloe Nicholls is one many people who will forego club-toilet vomiting, hangovers, and insufferable Bonnie Tyler karaoke renditions this month. "I'm actually looking forward to detoxing this New Year," she explains. "I've always wanted to do it." January was always a time of restraint – but lately it's become the atheist's answer to Lent, with huge numbers of people in Britain staying off the sauce for the duration.

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