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

Sunday, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Sundays are brilliant, and there's nothing you could do to make them better

Young men wash their horses in the River Eden

Vibrant slice of life or annual invasion? The Appleby horse fair rides again

Gypsies gather in the Cumbrian town to do what they’ve done for centuries: trade horses

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring

Liverpool arrange friendly against Celtic in Ireland

The match will be held at Dublin's Aviva Stadium

Microsoft has confirmed that the latest edition of the Windows operating system will include a Start button, a feature that was absent from previous versions of Windows 8

Off to a false start: Windows 8.1 will feature a Start button after all

Microsoft has confirmed that the latest edition of their Windows operating system will include a Start button after all.

Bluebells are usually one of the first indications that spring is on the way

Kate Humble: Signs of spring are everywhere, even in the chill

Spring has been a long time coming this year, a feeling exacerbated, I suspect, by the fact that we have barely seen the sun since last March. Remember last year? Spring made a tentative start in January and by the end of March the bluebells were out, most of us had had at least one barbecue and we were looking forward to a long hot summer. Then April came, and with it, the rain, which didn't stop.

James Anderson celebrates taking his 300th test wicket, that of New Zealand's Peter Fulton, caught by Graeme Swann for 2 during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London

James Anderson will be England's all-time leading wicket-taker according to Sir Ian Botham

Current record-holder believes Anderson will surpass his tally of 383 Test wickets to become England's all-time leading wicket-taker

Ricciardo and Perez sandwich

F1's fast farewell to Europe

Globalisation and the pursuit of money have seen a continental drift in grand prix racing

Nokia Asha 501 hands-on: A compact phone that packs a punch at a tidy price

The Independent was the only UK press at Nokia’s New Delhi launch on Thursday. David Phelan goes hands-on

<b>Bradley Wiggins v Chris Froome</b><br/>
Tensions between the two came to a head during Wiggins' triumph at last summer's Tour de France. With Froome instructed by Team Sky to hold back for the eventual winner, the 27-year-old ignored it and raced up to Wiggins, only to decide against challenging later on the course. Froome also expressed his intentions of leading Team Sky by saying: 'The team's success depends on that - that everyone buys into that plan. If everyone's off doing their own thing it's going to be a circus.'

Chris Froome rejects Sir Bradley Wiggins' bid to lead Team Sky at the Tour de France

Last year's runner-up issues statement

Bahraini students carry their national flag during clashes with riot police in Manama, Bahrain

F1: Bernie Ecclestone ready to agree new deal for Bahrain to host Grand Prix

Many are against Bahrain hosting the race

French trainer André Fabre runs Intello at Newmarket today

Morpheus and Co stir Flat from slumber

Never mind that Menorah and Hunt Ball meet at Cheltenham today; or that the National winner is to be boldly returned to the fray at Ayr on Saturday; or even if Sprinter Sacre himself tops the bill at Punchestown next week. Always and unmistakably, Newmarket's first card of the season marks the formal transfer of centre stage from jump to Flat racing.

Roberto Mancini knows that winning the FA Cup in 2011 was important to City’s rise

FA Cup semi-finals: Roberto Mancini needs success to revive Manchester City's momentum

Another Wembley win can be the launchpad for next season – and guarantee Italian’s job

Jonathan Trott is England’s talisman in the one-day game

The Last Word: Champions Trophy under radar so far but it could light up the summer

We’ll see if more ODI practice will pay off for England in the Champions Trophy

Southampton v Chelsea preview: Rafael Benitez says international break was good for John Terry

Rafael Benitez believes captain John Terry is fit enough to lead Chelsea into the defining period of their season after benefiting from the recent international break.

John Terry: Rafael Benitez believes the international break let him regain fitness
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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before