Sport Louis Smith shows off his Olympic silver medal

British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

Beth Tweddle pictured carrying the Olympic torch

Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle lead Team GB gymnastics squad

Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle will lead the men's and women's artistic gymnastics teams at London 2012, but Daniel Keatings misses out.

Get running! New set of top Olympic tickets available for Britons

A new tranche of Olympics tickets for top athletics events including the men’s and women’s 1500-metre finals has gone on sale to the British public.

The London 2012 Olympic stadium has been at the centre of a long-running saga over its future

50,000 more Olympic tickets go on sale

Another 50,000 Olympic tickets were put up for sale today.

Stephen Foley: Dimon causes a tangle

US Outlook Hedge/hej/*. A tangle of impenetrable bushes designed to obscure your activities from public view. (From the Oxford English Dictionary, as reimagined by Jamie Dimon.)

The Hayward Gallery opens 'Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957 - 2012', the first UK exhibition of artworks that explore ideas related to the invisible, the hidden and the unknown

Nothing much to look at

The Hayward Gallery's latest show is dedicated to invisible art . Laura McLean-Ferris takes a tour and lets her imagination wander

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Viktor, Sadler’s Wells, London

Viktor starts with a woman stepping forward to face the audience. She seems to have no arms: they’re tucked away inside her red dress, its short sleeves gaping. The missing limbs are unnerving, but not as unnerving as her bright smile.

The sporting week ahead (20/05/12)

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James Moore: A marketing tool that doubles as a scapegoat

Outlook Corporate Britain is loving the Olympics, and not just for all the opportunities it presents for entertaining and advertising. The Games are a dream come true for companies in certain sectors that need a little something to keep their investors sweet.

A test event at the Olympic Stadium yesterday

900,000 Olympic tickets to go on sale this Friday

Those unlucky enough to have missed out on London 2012 Olympics tickets twice may discover their fortunes have changed after organisers announced they will be given first bite at the remaining 900,000 seats on Friday morning.

Gymnasts win Olympic legal duel

British rhythmic gymnasts can compete at the London Olympics, but it took a court case against the seven athletes' own governing body to get them there.

The Whores' Asylum, By Katy Darby

Victorian gothic, without the gymnastics

GB rhythmic gymnastics group wait for decision

Great Britain's rhythmic gymnastics group will learn if their appeal over their exclusion from the Olympics has been successful at the end of this month.

Indian soldiers perfect their stunts on Royal Enfield motorcycles in preparation for India's Republic Day on 26 January

India addresses the balance of power

Pictures Of The Day

Great Britain's Louis Smith excels on the pommel horse in the Olympic qualification event at North Greenwich Arena in London last night

Gymnastics: Purvis perfect as GB men seize Olympic berth

Four months later than anticipated, Great Britain's immensely promising men's gymnastics team have qualified for this year's Olympic Games.

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