Sport QPR striker Loic Remy

The former keeper wants to see new arrivals at St James' Park

Andy Cole: The action will warm up – but it's time to accept five inconvenient truths

Forward Thinking: The ball, altitude, they are all just excuses - the players need to get over it

Andy Cole: Wallcharts at the ready, it's time to work out exactly who'll win this tournament

Forward Thinking: A Brazil v England semi in one half of the draw (sorry Fabio, but arrivederci) and a toss-up between Spain and Argentina

Andy Cole: You have to feel for Darren Bent, Europe's unluckiest striker

Forward Thinking: Bent was the only striker in any of the big European leagues to score 20 or more league goals last season and not go to the World Cup

Andy Cole: When the phoney war finishes, Gerrard will be England's key man

Forward Thinking: He is versatile in terms of position, dynamic in terms of making his team tick, and when allowed to roam the danger he presents is frightening

Andy Cole: I know the pain of missing out on a World Cup. I'm still waiting for that call Sven promised me

Glenn Hoddle let personal animosity between us influence a footballing decision. He struggled to get on with me professionally

Andy Cole: Three cheers for Newcastle – but they need to splash out to stay up

I am delighted that Newcastle have secured promotion back to the Premier League, and the Championship title too – that on Monday at Plymouth – but I fear that unless they spend some serious cash they'll be going back down.

The Andy Cole Column: A lesson from history: never write off United

Fired Up! In a title run-in like this, the only thing on your mind is 'win the game in front of you'

Cole hails Rooney's simple approach

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes Wayne Rooney's ability to finish the simplest of chances is what has made him so deadly this season.

Stewart will be fit to start next season

QPR defender to return without surgery after scans show no more skull damage
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?