News

The Chief Executive of housing charity Shelter said families in alternative accommodation are left without roots and stability

Deals of the week - Lille, Monaco, Med cruise

Less than £200... See the lovely French city of Lille just as spring sets in. Cresta Holidays has a two-night break that includes accommodation with breakfast at the Des Tours hotel in the Old Town and Eurostar travel from London St Pancras on 21 April for £194pp. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Hopefully my discontent with winter will be made glorious summer by this boiler repair man

Some people say they like winter because you get to stay inside and watch box sets. I'm sorry to report, those people are wrong

TV review: Borgen, The Last Worker

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

Majority of Members of Parliament believe they are underpaid

Members of Parliament believe they deserve a pay hike of one-third – with nearly 70 per cent believing that they are underpaid for the job they do.

Editorial: Do not let parents off the hook

Half of Britain's teachers now see children arrive at school who have not eaten any breakfast. Around a third of primary teachers say they take food into school to give to their pupils, with one in six spending as much as £25 a month to do so.

More schools providing free breakfasts for pupils to avoid them being unable to concentrate in class

Free school breakfasts are on the agenda for thousands of pupils - as growing numbers of authorities act to combat them becoming hungry during the day and unable to concentrate in class.

El Gouna Watersports Complex

Travel in 2013: Holidays for families

The Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gouna (elgouna.com) will open a “cable water park” in July.

Snow covers the Trocadero gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Deals of the week: Paris, the Algarve and Northern India

Less than £200... Armed with The Independent’s latest 48 Hours in Paris, take  Eurostar from London St Pancras on 26 January for two nights in the French capital for £193 – including B&B at the two-star Hotel Americain, close to Place de la République. Upgrade the train for £104 per person. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Warm welcome: one of 15 Glasgow's comfy beds

B&B and Beyond: 15 Glasgow, Scotland

You don't need to travel far for luxury, culture and comfort, says Holly Williams – Glasgow has it covered

John Walsh: Cards to shock the Victorians

On the morning of Christmas Eve, the bells of St Dunstan's sounded their jolly clangour across London. The shops of the Strand were lavish in their profusion of pies, puddings, currants, raisins, spices, candied peel and sugar mice. Hansom cabs clattered down the cobbles of gas-lit streets, and ladies in poke bonnets, mantled against the cold, purchased sturdy wooden toys for their adorable, curly-headed offspring.

Deals of the week: Istanbul, Barcelona, Borneo

Less than £200... Three nights in Istanbul for £199pp. The Flight Centre deal is valid from 1-23 March, so good weather isn't guaranteed, but the souks and spice market will be as enticing as ever. Includes B&B at the Balin Hotel with Alitalia flights from Heathrow via Rome. Book by 21 Dec. Flightcentre.co.uk

JoAnne Good named as Danny Baker's replacement following 'pinheaded weasel' rant

Actress-turned-radio presenter JoAnne Good is taking over Danny Baker's afternoon show a month after he quit live on on air and branded BBC bosses "pinheaded weasels".

Radio newcomer Alice Levine to take the reins of John Peel late night Radio 1 slot

A celebrity entertainment presenter with no radio experience has been chosen to co-present a new show in Radio 1’s late night "specialist music" slot made famous by John Peel.

Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown in the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special
tvCould Mrs Brown's Boys have taken lead for second year?
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
news
Sport
footballLive! Chelsea vs West Ham kicked off 10 Boxing Day matches, with Arsenal vs QPR closing the action
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all