Can Rochelle from The Saturdays tell her shortcrust from her choux? Is Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton as swift with a whisk as she is round the velodrome? On GBBO charity spin-off series, The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off, a celebrity's baking ability is inversely proportionate to their entertainment value, but it's still fun to speculate on which of this year's batch will actually have any skill.
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Sunday 07 August 2011
Sunday 31 July 2011
All systems are now go for the World Test Championship in 2013. Or at least they would be if there was not already the suspicion that the engine will not start.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Sunday 20 March 2011
Ireland left the World Cup with the gratitude and relief of the organisers ringing in their ears.
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Tuesday 30 November 2010
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has backed Graeme Swann to live up to his pre-Ashes billing as a match-winner but admits the spinner must improve on his first Test showing to do so.
Tuesday 31 August 2010
This column's preferred soft-rock crooner, John Mayer, was upset to read the esteemed online organ The Huffington Post hinting he'd reunited with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston last week.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Any tip from the top is eagerly welcomed by hackers. A word from the wise is like a message from heaven, a key that could get us out of the dungeon of the damned.
Monday 31 May 2010
The former england captain Michael Vaughan said yesterday that he knows of a player who has been approached to take part in fixing – but does not believe it is widespread in the game. His comments followed a report which said that a county cricketer had been offered £5m to fix televised matches this season.
Sunday 30 May 2010
As rain washed out the opening day of the 250th Roses match at Headingley yesterday, no player felt the frustration more keenly than the Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth, whose prolific form has been a major factor in his county's position at the top of the Division One table in the County Championship.
On the beat: How a retired police officer is cracking down on a "political neglect" of rural law and order
Sunday 02 May 2010
Thursday 07 January 2010
Ball tampering threatened to overwhelm the Test series between England and South Africa yesterday. The tourists, who will probably lose the third Test today, were cleared of any wrongdoing without being charged, while the home side insisted officially that they accepted the findings but it was an issue that clearly will not go away.
Wednesday 02 December 2009
Russia may not know much of the Great Game but when it comes to hair there is, apparently, nowhere better than the steppes for producing the rethatching material for cricket's great and good who, after a lifetime of caps and sunhats, have discovered they are going a bit thin on top.
Wednesday 02 December 2009
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Fascists! After more than two decades in quiet obscurity, the student flat made famous by the anarchic television comedy series The Young Ones is to go on the market.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'