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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

The view from Silicon Valley

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month