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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Leigh Halfpenny was named man of the series during the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia

Leigh Halfpenny set to visit Toulon while Sam Warburton return for Cardiff Blues has triggered further exit talks

British and Irish Lions duo have been linked with a move to France as their contracts are set to expire in the summer

Looking smart: Asian boom sends H&M to new high

Shares in the Swedish fashion retailer H&M surged to a record high yesterday, thanks to growth in Asia.

What are the best overnight stopovers on a leisurely drive down to south-west France from Calais, with a dog in tow?

Q. This autumn I'm driving down to Bergerac (pictured) with my girlfriend and dog to stay in a gite for a week. We'd like to do it over a few days, staying two nights on the way. We are crossing using the Eurotunnel to Calais. Which areas are good to visit down the west-ish side of France? Lee Martin, London

Jonny Wilkinson celebrates winning his first Heineken Cup after the 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne

Rugby Champions Cup confirmed by Premiership Rugby to be open to all European clubs

Plans to leave the Heineken Cup step up after new tournament is confirmed

Saracens and Toulon collide in last year's Heineken Cup semi-final

IRB will not sanction Anglo-French club competition

The organisation want the Welsh, Irish, Scots and Italian sides to be included in any future competition

Mathieu Valbuena is our man to watch for Marseille tonight

Marseille v Arsenal: Analysis of tonight's Champions League opponents

A look at how the French club shape-up ahead of tonight's match at the Stade Velodrome

Hatem Ben Arfa (L) of Newcastle United celebrates scoring the opening goal

Alan Pardew demands more from Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa

The Frenchman scored the winner in the match against Fulham

Jamie Spencer rides The Lark to victory on a day marred by Hayley Turner’s fall

Lark ascent marred by Hayley Turner's fall

The second day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster was marred when jockey Hayley Turner suffered an horrific fall in the DFS Park Hill Stakes.

Jim Armitage: Kingfisher boss keeps his Krug in the fridge over British recovery

Outlook Ian Cheshire is one of our more cerebral chief executives. The Cambridge economics and law graduate who runs the B&Q owner Kingfisher is given to penning the occasional well-reasoned treatise on subjects such as "sustainable capitalism". His entry in Debrett's mentions his numerous advisory board positions in academia and Westminster. He is, in short, a man worth heeding – especially in matters economic.

<b>Martin O'Neill</b><br/> The 61-year-old is the bookies favourite with odds as short as 5-6, and is available after being sacked by Sunderland in March after a disastrous run of eight matches without victory. Reports that he was contacted by the FAI before Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in Austria have been dismissed.

Indyplus gallery: Who will replace Giovanni Trapattoni?

We take a look at the contenders to fill the hotseat at the Republic of Ireland

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Move to new Anglo-French competition 'inevitable' says Saracens chairman

Nigel Wray not surprised by developments over European competition

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Elite clubs announce intention to quit Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup

French and English clubs plan to form own tournament

Young and disaffected Muslims will view French securality schools charter as simply the status quo

It’s true that challenges to secular religion come mostly from intolerant strains of Islam

France’s Alexandre Geniez arrived in his homeland to a winner’s reception after clinching victory on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead

Alexandre Geniez grabs Vuelta a España stage

France’s Alexandre Geniez arrived in his homeland to a winner’s reception after clinching victory on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead.

Theo Walcott, pictured responding to last year’s European Championship exit, has been typical of the national team’s fortunes of late

Steve Tongue: The reality behind Greg Dyke's radical thinking for the England team

The FA chairman has set out his vision for the national team

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us