Hold The Back Page: 07/05/2011



It's a big weekend for...



The rally legend that is mini


Alec Issigonis may have been turning in his grave when the Mini Countryman, a bloated 4x4 revamp of the trendy runaround favoured by middle-class offspring and dubious estate agents everywhere, hit the streets last year.

But this weekend the Mini's ugly sibling has its chance to step out of the shadows and restore the brand to its former racing glory in Sardinia. Back in the Swinging Sixties, Mini's rally revolution began as they romped home in Monte Carlo four times – The Beatles at the wheel with a champagne-quaffing, mini-skirted Mary Quant map-reading, I like to think. Fifty years on, the driver, Kris Meeke, is British but the team are more likely in lederhosen. No matter, Mini's DNA may now be German, but the legend is, indisputably, British.

We applaud you wholeheartedly

Staffordshire University

We've all been hit by the cuts in austerity Britain since the banks played pass the toxic parcel, but be thankful that the Sport and Exercise Department at Staffordshire University still has the resources to confirm what we already know – in this case that 87 per cent of fans want to see video technology introduced. Actually, that's unfair, since through the Topfan.co.uk platform Staffs Uni adds the skin of academic research to the bones of the average football fan's less than erudite feelings, and does it well. It seems 85 per cent want goal-line technology and 95 per cent feel it would work. So why won't Sepp Blatter introduce it? The overriding view of the internet generation is that Fifa is conservative, comfortable and scared of change. You don't say.

Plus the stories you may have missed

Streamlined Thorpedo

Ian Thorpe, Australia's five-times Olympic champion whose love of cakes saw his weight balloon after his retirement in 2006, is well on track to making less of a splash as he dives back into the pool. "He's back to his race weight," said his manager, Dave Flaskas, before adding a tad mischievously: "This is no half-baked comeback." Thorpe, hoping to race at London 2012, was at the royal wedding last week, when his slimline features attracted speculation that he may have gone under the knife. "He hasn't got time for that," said Flaskas.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
From Mean Girls to Mamet: Lindsay Lohan
theatre
Sport
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates
footballArsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side in Capital One Cup
News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
Travel
travelGallery And yes, it is indoors
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
booksJudith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Account Executive/Sales Consultant – Permanent – Hertfordshire - £16-£20k

£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...

KS2 PPA Teacher needed (Mat Cover)- Worthing!

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...

IT Systems Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

IT Application Support Engineer - Immediate Start

£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...

Day In a Page

Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world