News Hundreds of schools were closed today, because of a teacher strike

Workers strike over increases to pension contributions and cuts to the size of payouts

Commute becomes too much for Shanks CEO

It can happen to anyone. You think you're ambitious, and then suddenly all those hours spent commuting no longer seem worth it. For Tom Drury, the chief executive of Shanks, that time has come.

Hodgson stays cool as Warrington complete epic double over Saints

Warrington 35 St Helens 28

King gunning for Saints double

Matt King insists there will be no danger of complacency when Warrington seek to complete a first Super League double over St Helens tonight.

Rovers escape lightly as King powers Wolves top

Hull KR 16 Warrington 46

Pace-setting Wolves are dragged back to the pack

It was a terrible afternoon for the top two in Super League, Warrington and Huddersfield both beaten by teams near the bottom.

Online House Hunter: Home-buying in market towns

One in five people live in market towns – those historic small towns where the community spirit is still strong.

Viridor buys family-owned Storm Recycling for £1.7m

Viridor Waste Management, part of the utility company Pennon, has bought a family-ownedrecycling business for £1.7m.

Imperious Warrington retain their grip on top spot

Leeds 6 Warrington 42

Parker makes emotional farewell but West Ham limp into Championship

West Ham United 0 Sunderland 3

Back to basics: Labour and Wait is leading the way with the latest trend for old-fashioned kit

Forget Nespresso machines and melamine bowls, says Caroline Roux

Widnes choose to stick with Betts

Widnes have sprung a surprise by not appointing a new coach to take them into Super League, showing faith instead in the one they already have.

Refresh zones and collaboration pods at BBC's new hub

Jonathan Brown visits the Salford HQ – and asks if David Brent thought of the concepts

Rio Ferdinand stalker jailed

A woman who stalked footballer Rio Ferdinand and his family was jailed for 10 weeks today and put on a restraining order for 10 years.

Protesters target oil refinery

Fuel price campaigners staged a demonstration outside one of Britain's biggest oil refineries yesterday.

More Treasure strewn in the wake of Frankel

No doubt the majority even of those jockeys staying locally remain scrupulously immune to the hedonism that infects Chester during this carnival. There were presumably one or two, however, who were a little uneasy to discover that the British Horseracing Authority's breathalyser unit had made one of its random appearances before racing yesterday. Whether or not he was one of them, it was Francis Norton who would ultimately suffer the embarrassment of being stood down for the day. At least he could comfort himself that very few of the Ladies' Day crowd might feel eligible to throw the first stone.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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