Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Canary Wharf owner on track to resume London's Shell Centre project

Canary Wharf Group’s majority shareholder Songbird Estates today said it hoped to get back on track with the £1 billion overhaul of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank within months.

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The naked restaurant: Pared-back interiors have become a key trend in dining design

Lena Corner finds out what makes a great place to eat

Yom Kippur: Why I'll be fasting and reflecting for the first time since I was 13

It wouldn't do any of us any harm to fast completely for a day - not just on the Jewish Day of Atonement

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has caused controversy with his comments about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

European clubs 'open' to winter World Cup - but urge patience over decision to move Qatar tournament

Heats in the summer make the usual scheduling for the tournament impossible

The proposed Doha Port Stadium

Europe's top leagues urge caution over moving 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter

Heats in the summer make it almost impossible to play tournament then

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has caused controversy with his comments about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Sepp Blatter admits awarding Qatar the 2022 World Cup may have been 'mistake'

The Fifa president wants the tournament to now be moved to the winter

US Open 2013: Slam record still stands for Frank Sedgman

Frank Sedgman, one of the  all-time greats of Australian tennis, was just waking up at his home in Melbourne yesterday when he received a text from his daughter to let him know that his 62-year-old record was still intact.

Conor O’Shea will keep Quins wired against Wasps

Conor O’Shea: Quins will challenge – we’ve not been worked out

Harlequins have been the least active of England’s top-flight brigade when it comes to recruitment – just three signings, none of them in the first flush of youth, and some tinkering at academy level has been the extent of their summer business dealings – but the Londoners have no plans to change their hyperactive style of rugby. Conor O’Shea, the man in charge at The Stoop, is promising more of the same, with added attitude.

Peppa pig maker Character Group swings back into black

Character Group, the firm behind Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam  and Scooby Doo toys, today said it had swung back into the black.

A view of the Mexico Grand Prix, when it was last held there in 1992

F1: Mexico set to host Grand Prix in 2014 - but New Jersey misses out

There are 21-races on the proposed calender

Kimi Raikkonen

F1: Kimi Raikkonen eager to put Spa behind him during Italian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel now enjoys a healthy lead in the drivers' standings

Marks & Spencer grouse could be a game-changer when it comes to seasonal eating

The start of the football season may have got progressively earlier, but this signal of autumn's approach has not moved

Floyd Mayweather prepares for the Saul Alvarez fight

Bunce on Boxing: Real fights and unreal sums promise vintage end to year

It is a refreshingly open mercenary exercise for all involved in the fight

465 Caledonian Road, nominated for Building Design's 2013 Carbuncle Cup

New London student housing nominated for 'worst building' award

A brand new, multimillion-pound block of student flats in London has been nominated as one of the worst new buildings completed in the last year.

Sunbathers in St James Park, London, as much of Britain is bathed in sunshine

Sunshine to return in time for Bank Holiday

Heavy downpours might have blighted the start of the Bank Holiday weekend for some, but tomorrow the whole country will once again be bathed in sunshine.

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried