Sport ‘Mike loves his birds,’ I used to joke but nobody was laughing by the end of the tour

Before The Hangover I and II, before Spike Lee weaved his magic off Broadway in New York and before Mike Tyson was a nice guy, it was my onerous duty to take the big lad up on stage to perform for his fans.

Davies building a new monster in the Midlands

Nottingham Forest 5 Leicester City 1: Forest's manager uses every trick in the book to dampen down expectations, writes Ian Bayley

Father jailed for cruelty to children

A "Jekyll and Hyde" father who was found guilty of a string of cruelty charges against his children was jailed for five years today.

St Nicholas delivers Post with aplomb

As the runners for the Racing Post Trophy paraded before their defining moments here yesterday a rainbow appeared in the sky to the east, arcing with perfect clarity against a clearing charcoal sky. The timing was perfect; the winner St Nicholas Abbey emerged from the last Group One juvenile contest of the British and Irish season as clear winter favourite for both the 2,000 Guineas and Derby and surely a crock of gold awaits.

Boy shot dead 'for disrespecting gang leader's mother'

A gangland "general" ordered the shooting of a 15-year-old rival who disrespected his mother, a court heard today.

Lucas swings Northants to the brink of promotion

County Round-up

Jobs threat as easyJet cuts 360 flights a week

EasyJet is scrapping 20 per cent of its flights from London's Luton Airport and pulling out of East Midlands Airport in Derbyshire altogether.

County Championship round-up: Jones keeps calm with fifth ton of season to rescue Kent

Having decided at the tail end of last season that he should relax more at the crease, Geraint Jones has enjoyed a remarkable summer. The former England wicketkeeper scored his fifth Championship century of the season yesterday, in the process holding together Kent's disintegrating innings at Derby. Jones, who also passed 1,000 Championship runs, carried the Second Division leaders to 232 for 5 before rain prevented any play after tea.

Stars can outbattle O'Brien musketeers

Ballydoyle trio take up gauntlet again as Derby winner scares off rivals

Noel Vincent: Priest and broadcaster who was a staunch defender of the BBC's religious programming

Even a quarter of a century ago there were many in senior positions at the BBC who felt that programmes of Christian worship were anachronistic. They could be replaced by programmes which could "reach a younger audience," one speaker suggested at a conference for the staff of BBC Religious Broadcasting in 1983.

Lives Remembered: Derek Broome

The information technology expert Derek Broome was the only child of one of the famous Rolls-Royce engineers of the 1930s and '40s and a local Tory socialite. Born in Derby, from an early age Derek demonstrated he would be different. Sent away to a boarding school he hated in Ely, he discharged himself at 16 and turned up at the Rolls-Royce factory gate in Derby asking to be taken on as an apprentice. As works manager his father (who would continue in this post during the production of Merlin engines for Spitfires and Hurricanes taking part in the Battle of Britain) was consulted on whether the "young Broome" should be taken on. The old man gave his permission in full knowledge of the fearful row which would ensue at home that evening.

Econoblog: Here comes the 'Nasty Decade'

When Total's contractor sacked 900 workers at the firm's Lindsey refinery in Lincolnshire it knew not what it was unleashing.

Pupil power: How children are joining adults to fight academies

Some academies are doing well, but parents, pupils and unions are fighting their introduction – with suprising success. But are ministers helping them enough?

Clough's War, by Don Shaw

In the past couple of years we have had David Peace's 'The Damned Utd' and Duncan Hamilton's 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me', and in a way this book completes a Brian Clough trilogy.

Taameer ready to tame trial rivals

Tregoning colt puts Classic credentials to test for Derby-winning trainer

Debussy gives grandstand display

Perhaps more than any other sport, the defining events of British horseracing are shaped by their setting. Horses, jockeys and punters must adapt daily to bewildering variations, from the remote horizons of Newmarket to the psychedelic whirligig of Chester. Sure enough, the greatest of all races owes everything to its topographical idiosyncrasies.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee