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Outlook A two-footed tackle from behind in football is an aggressive and stupid play because it's liable to leave your team with 10 men. You'd think Mike Ashley would understand that, owning a football team and a sports retailer as he does. But apparently not.

Where are all the female reviewers?

Women are big players in the industry, but you won't see many in the books pages. Our Literary Editor, Katy Guest, asks why

Jennifer Egan wins Critics Circle fiction prize

Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad," a daring and disturbing journey through music, time and technology, won the fiction prize from the National Book Critics Circle.

Jonny Sweet: Let's All Just Have Some Fun, Pleasance Courtyard

Sporting a bow tie and a broad grin, Jonny Sweet, genius of socially awkward comedy and winner of last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, has found another poor unfortunate to bring to life. Imagine a Hugh Grant type with "street Tourette's" ("let's do this shit!") and you'll have some idea of the persona he's created.

Microsoft updates Office to compete with Google

Microsoft launches an updated version of its Office software today, aiming to keep its grip on the hugely profitable business application market while countering the challenge of free online alternatives from Google.

Microsoft rush to amend Word following sales ban

Microsoft said yesterday it will tweak its Word application to remove a feature judged to be a breach of patent, ensuring that it will be able to continue selling one of its most widely used programs.

ExCel Centre prepares for hundreds of protesters as arms show opens

Hundreds of protesters are expected to converge on London's ExCel Centre this week as the Systems and Equipment International Show gets under way.

Andrew Grice: The $1 trillion dollar summit

That is the headline Gordon Brown wants to see after today's gathering of leaders from the world's richest 20 countries at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands.

Shuttle undocks from space station

After eight days together, space shuttle Discovery pulled away from the international space station on Wednesday, ending a successful effort to boost electrical power and science research at the orbiting outpost.

Andrew Keen: America's persistent cultural tic

The more we know, the less we know. And, as Frank Rich suggests, the real question is whether "we really want to know." The knowledge in question is, of course, what Rich calls "the bad news" of the economic collapse. And, as he says, Americans excel, are true world-beaters, in their inability to absorb reality:

The spider that crawled with dinosaurs

The oldest orb spiders to weave a spiral web of silk have been found trapped in a fragment of amber 120 million years old.

Keane's classic rocks Brighton

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Alex Horne, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

'Gizmo gags' and body language put the science into stand-up

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence