Stress might be useful for dodging sabre-toothed tigers, but it doesn't help so much with exams

Labour MP Tom Watson

Tom Watson: News International left my life in tatters. But in the end their abuse gave me freedom

When the Murdoch empire targeted him, he found one way to survive: assume the worst

'Elvis' armed robber jailed for life

A serial armed robber who dressed up as Elvis Presley and sported other bizarre disguises when he targeted betting shops across Britain was today jailed for life.

The Uninvited Guests, By Sadie Jones

Upending every convention of the Edwardian country-houseromance, this complex novel is full of sad ghosts and dark secrets

CPS prosecution errors causing distress

Victims and witnesses are suffering as prosecutors make mistakes in more than one in 15 cases and bosses fail to spot the errors, inspectors said today.

Body beautiful: 'Assembly of Figures VII' (1964) by Keith Vaughan

Picasso's lost disciple is back in the frame

Keith Vaughan died forgotten, but a new retrospective salutes his contemporary relevance, says Adrian Hamilton

Uniting the divided realms: Marvel Comic's Captain America

The Ecstasy of Influence, By Jonathan Lethem

Twice in Jonathan Lethem's volume of non-fiction the Mannerist painter Arcimboldo is used as a point of comparison, latterly in a review of Roberto Bolaño's 2666, whose five sections "interlock to form an astonishing whole, in the same manner that fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, or books interlock in [Arcimboldo's] unforgettable form a human face." A similar comparison might be made with Lethem's book. Long and (by the novelist's admission) uneven as it may be, this collection of essays and criticism departs from the miscellaneousness of its influences in favour of something more purposive, more "centrifugal": that is, a form of self-portrait.

Scientists make pain-control discovery

Breakthrough could lead to drugs to help fight depression and addiction as well as discomfort

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls had himself been ill before the hospitalisation of his daughter at the weekend

Nicholls reveals daughter's illness

'This puts Cheltenham into perspective,' says trainer after one-year-old is rushed to hospital

Can Kauto Star light up the Gold Cup one last time?

James Lawton: Can Kauto Star light up the Gold Cup one last time?

Now we come to the most compelling question, the one that this afternoon carries the power to both rivet and maybe haunt all those who care about Kauto Star.

Lisa Markwell: Why is everything about school a competition?

Today is either a red-letter day or a world of pain for parents around the country with children in year six of primary school. For it is the day when they receive notification of which secondary school their child has got into.

City dwellers are 'least satisfied' people in UK

People in London and the West Midlands are less satisfied with their lives and more anxious than those in other areas of the UK, while married people are generally more satisfied than those who co-habit, new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

Joan Smith: Time for Occupy to pack up its tents and go

When I heard yesterday that another court had ruled against the Occupy London protest outside St Paul's cathedral, I had to think for a moment. After dominating headlines for weeks last autumn, the camp hasn't been in the news much lately and I'd almost forgotten it was still there.

Rangers owner Craig Whyte confident accounts are in order

Rangers owner Craig Whyte is "100% confident" administrators will prove that all money that has come in and gone out of the club during his tenure has been properly accounted for.

Harry Redknapp speaks outside Southwark Crown Court after his tax evasion trial

Redknapp: I was on my own thinking some scary things

The Spurs manager tells Sam Wallace how he ran the full gamut of emotions before receiving his not guilty verdict on Wednesday

Stanford, the Texan who shook cricket, takes his guard

Wearing a grey patterned suit and a blue open-collared shirt, not the green or orange prison jumpsuits which have been his public attire for almost three years, Allen Stanford faced his peers in a Houston courthouse at last.

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Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

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The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
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Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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