De Menezes tragedy 'could happen again'

Officer who led operation gives evidence at inquest

The seven ages of love: 60s

Love: 60. The concept is as improbable in life as it would be in a tennis score. The two go together like my cat and the Large Hedron Collider. Or so I thought four decades ago when I was 22 and a review copy of a book on "Sex for the over-sixties" was sent in to the magazine where I worked. The features editor, as a diversion from his own shameful secret that he was over 30, had much fun in thinking of elderly, female literary agents to whom he might forward it anonymously. In the Sixties, nobody could possibly be in their sixties. Even my parents weren't that antique. Like The Beatles, I took "When I'm 64" to mean "When pigs fly over the Abbey Road studios".

Mansfield succumbs to Beccymania as town welcomes home its golden girl

If Gordon Brown needed an object lesson in how sport can divert the nation from its present preoccupation with economic gloom, he could have done worse than get himself down to Mansfield's Market Square yesterday evening.

Adlington Arms awaits golden girl

She may have stunned the world with two gold medal-winning swims, but Rebecca Adlington seemed baffled yesterday when she was told that a pub in her home town of Mansfield was changing its name to The Adlington Arms in her honour.

Golden Adlington identifies London as the 'main target'

From virtual unknown to national treasure. Britain has already discovered a vast amount about Rebecca Adlington, double Olympic champion, these past few days.

Golden girl just wants a burger with chips

She won by miles, and shattered the world record. She took her second gold of the Games, to become the most successful British swimmer in a century.

On the Rocks, Hampstead Theatre, London

You know what happens when good friends go on holiday

Uncommon Arrangements, By Katie Roiphe

Included in Katie Roiphe's elegantly written account of seven unorthodox literary marriages between 1910 and 1939 are H G and Jane Wells, Vanessa and Clive Bell, Katherine Mansfield and Middleton Murry, and Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge; infidelities, semi-detached marriages, ménages à trois, bisexuality and lesbian cohabitation. These experiments in living together, conducted by a small number of literary lions in revolt against Victorian repression, demanded much courage. But in avoiding the hypocrisy of the Victorians, they invented new hypocrisies of their own.

Michael Mansfield: Meet Britain’s boldest barrister

He's achieved fame (and fortune) securing freedom for the victims of Britain's worst miscarriages of justice. But when he agreed torepresent Mohamed Al Fayed, Michael Mansfield was accused of selling out. As he takes on yet another extraordinary brief, on behalf of Jean-Charles de Menezes, the nation's best-known civil rights lawyer gives Esther Walker the case for his own defence

League round-up: Chambers strengthens Forest's bid as Leeds eye play-off spot

Second-half strikes from Luke Chambers and Garath McLeary boosted Nottingham Forest's League One play-off aspirations in a 2-0 triumph over second-placed Carlisle United at Brunton Park last night. The Blues had hoped to tighten their grip on an automatic promotion spot but instead were counting their blessings after closest rivals Doncaster suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leeds at Keepmoat Stadium.

Stevens hits back at 'scurrilous' Diana allegations

The police officer who led the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales today dismissed "scurrilous allegations" that he had not done his job properly.

Mansfield Town 0 Middlesborough 2: Buxton keeps it real for Mansfield

The message to Mansfield's players and supporters was spelt out in capital letters in Saturday's match programme. The club's assistant manager, Paul "Dutch" Holland, wrote: "ENJOY SATURDAY, BUT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS ARE TO COME!"

Mansfield Town 0 Middlesbrough 2: Lee finds scoring touch at last as errors spoil Mansfield's day

Dearden's side let down by defensive slips after matching lofty Middlesbrough

FA Cup Countdown: Life at the bottom stirs memories for Henman's former housemate

The travails of a rookie tennis professional has left the former Aston Villa striker Mick Boulding well prepared for the hardship of Mansfield's existence, writes Jon Culley

Diana inquest: How The Rock found himself in a hard place

He was the hub of Diana's wheel. Everyone else was on a spoke. But at the inquest last week it all fell apart. David Randall on the day the secrets ran out
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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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Are you my type?

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
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The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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