Torchbearer and London Underground employee John Light carrying the Olympic Flame onto an underground train at Wimbledon Station, London

Olympics legacy: Yes, there were fewer visitors. But the Games were better for tourism than anyone dared to hope

Last year wasn’t a brilliant one for  the British tourist industry. Yet the  future may be considerably brighter as a result. Simon Calder reports

Heatwave Britain: The Independent's guide to sweaty office etiquette

Keep your cool at work with our writers' tips

Overheated commuters suffer delays in London as temperatures continue to soar

Rail and Tube travellers suffered rush-hour delays today on another scorchingly hot morning.

Book review: Things I Don't Want to Know, By Deborah Levy

Inspired by Orwell, another unique voice tells her tale

A kitten less than four weeks old has been found on a tube train in London

Little fluffy kitten found on Tube train

Staff say tiny feline, named Victoria after the station where she was found, is in purr-fect health, despite being only four weeks old

New features include an Explore function - an extra-swipeable interface that lets you

Google Maps App for Android: Redesign brings cleaner aesthetic & more contextual information

New update for Android devices also revamps tablet version

20-year old woman dies in the first fatality involving a “Boris Bike” since they were launched by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2010

Woman killed on 'Boris Bike' was 20-year-old French student

The first cyclist to be killed riding a 'Boris Bike' was a 20-year-old French student, it was reported today.

Czech woman's brush with death after falling under train

A Czech woman has had a remarkable escape after falling under an oncoming train and crawling out from between carriages unscathed.

Northerners VS Southerners: who comes out on top?

According to a new survey, people from the North aren't very keen on Londoners

Japanese executives at centre of Olympus fraud avoid jail

The Japanese establishment closed ranks around the disgraced former bosses of the Olympus cameras giant today, refusing to jail them for one of the biggest corporate scandals in the country’s history.

TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy received performance award of £168,640 for 2011/12

Olympic Games bonuses revealed for London transport bosses

TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy received performance award of £168,640 for 2011/12

Walking away after, I had to resist breaking into a run

I was already seated at a table in Woolwich McDonald’s when the stranger who had travelled to meet me, believing that in 10 minutes’ time we’d be going to a flat around the corner to have sex, walked through the door. As far as he knew, we were meeting in a public place so he could prove he “wasn’t an axe-murderer”, before going on to the SponsorAScholar “physical assessment”.

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but using public transport makes you no more likely to catch the flu, according to new research

Blasting a myth: Catching the bus makes you no more likely to catch the flu

Good news for commuters - doctors have suggested that, in spite of popular belief, people who use public transport are no more likely to catch flu than those who drive or cycle.

Stockwell Bus Garage was once the largest unsupported area under a single roof in Europe

Beauty of bus depots: The Design Museum celebrates London's overlooked architectural gems

Lesser Known Architecture aims to celebrate the capital's ignored, unknown or derided buildings that you walk past a thousand times without noticing.

The number of cases of violence against individuals on the Tube rose last year.

Rise in violent offences on London Underground

The number of cases of violence against individuals on the Tube rose last year.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism