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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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn