Sport Andre Greipel takes victory on the Tour Down Under

Andre Greipel won his 15th career Tour Down Under stage as he burst to victory in a bunch sprint over the final 600 metres of stage four.

Simon Gerrans of Australia wins the first stage of the Tour Down Under

Australian home favourite Simon Gerrans sprints to first-stage victory on Tour Down Under

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas sits 11 seconds behind following the opening stage in Adelaide

Letters: Ways to ease the housing crisis

These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

Julia Peyton-Jones, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery - Peyton-Jones has taken a 60% pay rise

Serpentine charity boss Julia Peyton-Jones took 60 per cent pay rise

Gallery attacked for spending too much of its budget on senior salaries

Dave and Angela Dawes celebrate their win

Second lottery-winning couple in a week ‘broken up’ over how to spend £101m EuroMillions fortune

Reports suggest Dave and Angela Dawes’ relationship struggled under pressure of lottery success

Hurdler Andy Turner found out his has had been burgled when he returned from his mother's future on Thursday night

British hurdler Andy Turner finds his house burgled and car stolen after returning from his mother's funeral

The horrible news comes just days after Turner lost his National Lottery funding an he admits it's the “worst possible end to the worst eight days of my life”

Lotto ticket price doubles from £1 to £2

Naitonal Lottery operator Camelot says changes will 'give players more ways to win more money'

The developers’ charter spells doom for our green spaces

This plan shows the government’s view of landscape as a commodity

Sir Stephen Bubb, pictured here in 2011, accepted hospitality from National Lottery operator

Revealed: Charity boss' pro-Lottery blog after Olympics freebie from Camelot

Sir Stephen Bubb accepted hospitality from National Lottery operator

The current cast of 'Casualty'

A TV emergency? X Factor set for Casualty collision

The X Factor will go up against BBC1's National Lottery show and Casualty when it returns to screens next week.

Strictly judge Len Goodman remembers the Anne Widdecombes and John Sergeants better than contestants who win

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has admitted the celebrities who dazzle on the dance floor often end up fading from his memory.

Hunt is on for 12 missing millionaires after 100 winners were drawn from a single EuroMillions draw

From Kensington to Blackpool, the hunt is on for a dozen EuroMillions £1m winners

'Imagine walking around not knowing you are a millionaire'

Chris Froome, in yellow, rides in the bunch during the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France

Revealed: the uphill and down dale battle to bring Tour de France to Yorkshire

Whitehall had rival plans to host cycling’s biggest event in Britain

A view of the Olympic Stadium

You can doubt concrete parts of the Olympic legacy, but there's no questioning its spirit

A run around the Olympic Stadium offers hope for the future

Marcel Kittel celebrates his stage win

Tour de France 2013: Frustrated Mark Cavendish involved in collision during sprint finish

Marcel Kittel went on to win stage 10 of the Tour

Andy Murray

We are the champions: Why Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory is just the latest sign of Britain enjoying a golden age of sport

From tennis to athletics, rugby to cricket, cycling to golf, these islands are producing world-beaters as never before, writes Robin Scott-Elliot

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

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
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn