Tragedies to touch each of us

NOT even a climate of general violence as there is in the world today, the harrowing evidence of inhumanity that floods our television screens, can prepare us for the tragedies that have recently invaded sport.

Letter: Death of Senna

Sir: Twelve years ago I went to Brazil as an immature man. They taught me about women, living life, and that a man should express his emotions.

Obituary: Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna da Silva (Ayrton Senna), racing driver: born Sao Paulo, Brazil 21 March 1960; World Formula One Champion 1988, 1990, 1991; married (marriage dissolved); died Imola, Italy 1 May 1994.

Computers: How-to-do-it of manuals: John Watson laments the way most computer guides are written

COMPUTER manuals are dreadful for the same reasons that so much else is dreadful: fear, greed, pride, arrogance, ignorance, stupidity. Believe me: I have written several of the things.

Sports Letter: Chance to stub out cigarettes

Sir: I hope your article (20 January) about the Williams-Renault F1 motor racing team will persuade the Government to support the Private Member's Bill to ban tobacco advertising and promotion, as well as the proposed European Directive.

Sports Letters: Senna's driving

Sir: When will Derick Allsop learn that our admiration for Nigel Mansell as a driver is rightly founded on a true appreciation of the quality of his rivals and not by recycling long-exploded smears at their expense? He again (1 December) asserts that Ayrton Senna admitted he drove Alain Prost off the track in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. Since the contrary view of John Surtees is not good enough for him, let me remind him of what James Hunt wrote in the Independent last year:

Motor Racing: Williams' sponsor calls for new talks: Frank Williams gives his team's version of a parting of the ways as the world champion puts his viewpoint and Ayrton Senna waits in the wings

THE controversy over Nigel Mansell's departure from the Williams Formula One team took a few new turns last night after Labatt's, one of the team's sponsors, urged the two parties to re-open negotiations. Earlier Frank Williams, the managing director of Williams, maintained that Mansell had turned down several offers to stay with his team next season.
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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