Steve Richards in conversation with...Vince Cable

The Lib Dem conference begins this weekend and so too does The Independent's series of fringe meetings sponsored by RSA Insurance Group. We kick off on the evening of Monday 16 September, when The Independent's esteemed political columnist Steve Richards will sit down with Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable.

Glorious Goodwood: Brown Panther triumph leaves Michael Owen in the

Pre-season never used to be such a sweat. But then football seldom proved this exciting, even on the great days. And if Brown Panther's success here yesterday represented a valid sample of retirement, Michael Owen is hardly going to yearn long for those rainy Tuesdays in Stoke.

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Joyce Brothers: Psychologist who pioneered the television advice show

Joyce Brothers, who died on 13 May at the age of 85, was a psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author and television and film personality. She first gained fame on a game show and went on to publish 15 books and make cameo appearances on shows like Happy Days and The Simpsons. She was on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show nearly 100 times.

Invisible Ink: No 168 - Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming was the eldest of four brothers, one of whom became the creator of James Bond. Born into a world of privilege, he went to Eton and Oxford and decided to be an adventurer – not a career category open to many. During the Second World War he served with the Grenadier Guards and was awarded the OBE, before returning to squiredom in Oxfordshire. He also married the actress Celia Johnson, and must have had to put up with a lot of "Brief Encounter" jokes. But we're concerned with the period before the war, when he began travel writing.