Sport The Olympic Stadium site in Stratford

Excitement over this summer's Olympics is building fast. But the latest news on transport arrangements suggests that, for millions, the initial impact of the Games will have little to do with speed

The Olympic Stadium site in Stratford

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When we define the photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the figures it represents do not move; it means they do not emerge... they are anaesthetised and fastened down, like butterflies." That, at least, was the view of the philosopher Roland Barthes. The artists showcased at Photo50 would no doubt disagree.

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Indian diplomats have complained to the BBC about a "disgusting" episode of Top Gear filmed in the country. The 90-minute India special showed Jeremy Clarkson talking to locals in his boxer shorts and included a car fitted with a toilet in the boot which he said was "perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots".

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On an unremarkable night in 2004, Middlesbrough taxi driver Ishy Din was listening to Radio 5 Live in his cab, when the station announced a competition to find short stories with a sporting theme. Having just bought his first computer, Din thought he'd give it a go and sent something in. To his amazement, that story, his first attempt at creative writing since his school days, was produced and aired.

Extra tickets for London 2012 after seats error

Thousands of people have been offered tickets to alternative events at the London Olympics after organisers admitted an error led to 10,000 too many tickets being sold for synchronised swimming sessions.

British artist David Hockney

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Boris Berezovsky arrives at the High Court yesterday

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The Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, has unleashed his most withering personal attack yet on his former business associate Boris Berezovsky, almost three months into the £3.5bn trial between the two men.

Jonathan Woodgate tackles Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon during Stoke’s win on Sunday

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