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Authorities claim incorrect import duties have been paid on birds

Whitehall farce funnier than the show in question

Why should the comic be criticised for making good on his privileged upbringing?

Man 'screamed abuse' at Usain Bolt and hurled bottle before 100m final

A former trainee teacher used an out-of-date ticket to trick his way into the London 2012 men’s 100m finals where he screamed abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before hurling a bottle onto the startline, a court heard.

Channel 4's Big Quiz of the Year sparks complaints over lewd Queen joke

Channel 4 is facing a backlash after broadcasting a show featuring a lewd joke about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Half of London 2012 tickets were kept from home fans

Only half of the seats for some of the prime events at the London Olympics were sold to the British public, leaked figures reveal.

Martin Dougan: A day of action to match thrills of the opening ceremony

You've got Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis. Now people are even starting to realise it's OK to fancy disabled people
Usain Bolt, third from the left, wins the 200m in Lausanne last night

Blake makes his point as Bolt enjoys Swiss stroll

Clinical Jamaican sprint stars pick up where they left off at London 2012 Olympics

Usain Bolt celebrates gold by doing 'The Mobot'

Jacques Rogge tries to defuse Usain Bolt row, calling the Jamaican sprinter 'an active performance legend'

IOC president Jacques Rogge attempted to defuse a rumbling row with Usain Bolt today by describing him as "an active performance legend" and the best sprinter of all time.

Sport on TV: We only bling when we're winning. Long may we reign

What will be the legacy of 2012? A new breed of athletes has emerged to emulate and maybe eclipse the old gold crew. A year on from the riots, a gold medal has become the ultimate fashion accessory. Everyone wants that bit of bling. As Jade Jones said after winning her taekwondo final: "All of Britain has done amazing and made me think, I wanna do that, be like that." You wouldn't stand in her way.

The Games Makers helped win our hearts

Roger Black: Historic feats and helping hands made this the best Games of all

The Expert View: People say Sydney was the best, but in London we have beaten that

August 11, 2012: Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team-mates celebrate breaking the world record.

Usain Bolt wins third gold medal of London 2012 as Jamaica claim new world record in 4x100m relay final

Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to victory in a blistering men's 4x100 metres final as they retained their title in a world record 36.84 seconds tonight.

Adam Gemili admits he set off too early, but the handover was hardly clean

Team GB sprinters pick up baton from previous disasters as relay goes off track at London 2012

No one actually dropped the baton this time, which is progress of sorts, but Great Britain's men's 4 x 100m relay squad still managed to get disqualified in their heat, the fifth time they have done so in the past six major competitions.

Usain Bolt is the first man to retain the Olympic sprint titles

Guy Keleny: How could he be a legend? His existence is not in doubt

Pedant's View: Legendary figures are the likes of Arthur and Achilles, who may or may not have lived

As part of the

London 2012: NHS to launch health drive in capital

As part of the "Games effect" the NHS is launching a health drive to improve the fitness of Londoners.

Usain Bolt says he is a 'living legend' after his record-breaking wins yesterday

Sebastian Coe says Usain Bolt is 'clearly a legend'

Sebastian Coe insists that Usain Bolt is already a legend - despite the president of the International Olympic Committee stating the Jamaican sprinter will need to star at even more Games before he can attain that status.

Canoeing: British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever storms into semi-finals

British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever stormed into the semi-finals of the 200m competition today as he won his heat in a time of 35.087 seconds.

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