New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Brian Laws: Scunthorpe's relegation has a horrible taste

Scunthorpe had their relegation to League Two confirmed, even though they beat sixth-placed Swindon 3-1.

Online shopping growth leaves stores in the dark

David Cameron's much-touted digital economy is taking off while the rest of the economy lags behind.

Wigan 60 Leigh 10 match report: Clinical Sam Tomkins sweeps Leigh aside as Wigan roll on

There is precious little romance left in the Challenge Cup, as Leigh will attest after this experience of the harsh realities of full-timers playing part-timers.

A crowd of supporters gathers outside Brighton Magistrates' Court

Occupy Sussex students plead not guilty

Four students pleaded not guilty today at Brighton Magistrates Court to charges related to protests that took place at the University of Sussex up to three weeks ago.

Simon Price on pop: Emeli Sandé, you've delighted us long enough – now give us something new

I opened an envelope the other day and Emeli Sandé turned up. OK, an old joke, but they keep coming. Only last week, some wag tweeted "Which song is Emili Sandé singing at Thatcher's funeral?" For most of last year, it seemed that Sandé – who at the start of it was just another name on those Brightest Hopes/Sound of lists – was inescapable. You couldn't switch on, say, the Olympics opening ceremony, the Olympics closing ceremony, The X Factor, The Voice or even BBC Sports Relief without seeing her bleached quiff, or hearing her signature tune "Next to Me".

Stuart Graham, Dorothy Duffy and Ruairi Conaghan in Print Room

Theatre Review: Molly Sweeney, Print Room, London

Can you say of a face that it is “bunched” with artless merriment in the way that a fist can be said to be bunched in anger or frustration? You'd swear that that perception was permissible if you'd seen the concertedly beaming countenance of Dorothy Duffy as she sits and gently rocks on the rope swing that hangs from a barren tree Abigail Graham's astonishingly well-acted and quietly devastating revival of Molly Sweeney at the Print Room.

Write and wrong: Authors Julia Crouch and Stella Duffy, left, find common ground

Let me get this straight ... or not: Stella Duffy and Julia Crouch on sexual identity

The novelists Stella Duffy (who is gay) and Julia Crouch (who is not) discuss issues of identity and authenticity that can arise when your lead character is a lesbian – and why authors should simply ignore them all

The outnumbered police were heckled into a corner by the hundreds of protesters

University of Sussex granted injunction against student occupation

An injunction has been granted to the University of Sussex over the occupation of Bramber House which began on 7 February earlier this year.

In the age of 24-hour news, politicians avoid unchoreographed contact with the public

David Cameron didn't want to talk to the people of Ipswich about immigration - only 'room meat'

In the age of 24-hour news, politicians avoid unchoreographed contact with the public

Students protesting sussex University outsourcing gather before the march

Updated: Windows broken at major demonstration against Sussex University service outsourcing

Update 1: A group of hooded protesters have smashed through the door of Sussex House during the anti-privatisation demo, according to eye-witnesses.

Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland as they attempt to retrieve a body following a fatal attack

Award-winning film-maker Adam Strange killed in shark attack off New Zealand beach

Police fired gunshots at huge predator before it disappeared

A huge mass of Sussex University students masses

Video: Pressure grows on Sussex University management as students storm building in demonstration against privatisation

Students at Sussex University have stepped up their efforts to block the proposed privatisation of several key services, by storming the conference room and third floor balcony of Bramber House. The surge followed a protest attended by over 300 students and staff, as well as comedian and Independent columnist Mark Steel.

Pope Benedict XVI didn’t fail as the spiritual leader of the church, he just wasn’t up to running it

The modern world, not just the church, will be poorer for the absence of a thoughtful intellectual in public life

Do you want to know a secret? The Beatles gave their opinion on Elvis in an interview with a DJ in 1965, a tape of which is being auctioned

New book of poetry celebrates The Beatles' impact

It is one of the most quoted gobbets of British poetry: “Sexual intercourse began/ In nineteen sixty-three/(which was rather late for me) –/Between the end of the Chatterley ban/And the Beatles’ first LP.”

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker