News Governor Chris Christie cannot ignore the impact of ‘Bridgegate’

Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it. 

Former PM Tony Blair at the Leveson Inquiry yesterday

Help me decide future of press, Leveson asks Blair

Former Prime Minister defiant on relationship with the media under interrogation at inquiry

Don Ritchie saved people at The Gap, a notorious suicide spot in Sydney

Passing of 'the Angel of the Gap' leaves suicide spot bereft of help

For nearly five decades he gazed out of his Sydney home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, inspired by one of Australia's most picturesque views. But it was not just a love for the sea that drew him to the dramatic panorama.

Don Ritchie saved people at The Gap, a notorious suicide spot in Sydney

Australia mourns 'Angel of the Gap' Don Ritchie, the man who talked 160 out of suicide

For nearly five decades he gazed out of his Sydney home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, inspired by one of Australia's most picturesque views. But it was not just a love for the sea that drew him to the dramatic panorama.

Holloway in 2004; the following year he was at the helm of an MTB again during the anniversary celebrations in the Solent of the Battle of Trafalgar

Claude Holloway: MTB commander who became a hero during the Bari harbour disaster

Claude Holloway, one of the most successful motor torpedo boat commanders in the Mediterranean in the Second World War, also became through grievous injury custodian of one of Winston Churchill's closest-kept secrets. Holloway won a Distinguished Service Cross for his part in the Caorle Point action of April 1945, in which the 28th MTB Flotilla sank five enemy ships with six torpedoes, but the night fixed deepest in his memory was the Bari Harbour catastrophe of 2 December 1943, the true story of which both the American and British governments tried to suppress.

Deborah Ross: Dear Johnnie Boden, this is why I'm returning your catalogue

If you ask me: My husband wouldn't recognise moleskin if the mole was skinned right under his nose

Australian billionaire to build Titanic II

An Australian billionaire has announced plans to build a replica of the Titanic that will make its maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.

The Big Six: Coastal Cornish rentals

The Limit, Holywell Bay

Ryan Moore pushes Trumpet Major out to go clear in the Craven Stakes

Major win causes minor Guineas flurry

It would be ungracious to dismiss outright any five-length winner of a trial over course and distance, but the fact remains that yesterday Trumpet Major could only earn himself a place in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas reckoning between two colts not yet certain to line up, and one who definitely will not.

Novice sailors win a yacht on eBay (but lose their bid to get it home)

Two sailing novices who bought a yacht for £3,000 on eBay were left stranded after smashing into rocks on their maiden voyage.

Long queues to get on board

Full throttle ahead for voyage of the Titanoraks

Some are in period dress, some have come to learn about its history. In all, 1,309 passengers are about to recreate one of history's most infamous journeys

Howard Jacobson: Don't get too close to your enemy's enemy

I think I’d go for Galloway – briefly – if I were a woman. Strong, suave, tanned to within an inch of his life
A Night To Remember: A giant steel name plate marks the entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience

The centenary of its sinking has spawned a 'Titanic' industry

Commemorations begin this weekend to mark the centenary of Titanic's tragic maiden voyage. Scores of events will take place; many are well meaning while others appear to be little more than a cynical cash-in on a disaster in which 1,514 people died.

Richard Hannon’s Cai Shen is well backed but Circumvent has value

Sunny all-weather outlook for Circumvent

An exciting week for Flat racing kicks off with the climax of the Polytrack season: the Winter Derby card at Lingfield

Doug Parr: Why we must surf this wave of hope

As sure as the sun shines and the wind blows, marine renewable energy is part of our industrial future. This is a tide which no amount of nuclear nostalgia can turn back. Wave and tidal energy cuts carbon emissions and boosts energy security, and tidal power is highly dependable. But these technologies have big economic benefits too, and the race is on to be the industry leader.

Safe harbour: An aerial view of Sydney and her islands

Reach across the water: Sydney Harbour's islands provide a great escape from the crowds

Sydney Harbour is one of the great travel icons – its Opera House and the Harbour Bridge form an enduring shorthand for a fine city. All the more surprising, then, that the harbour's islands are overlooked by most visitors.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Army general planning to come out
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

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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