Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

Bronze in mire over accounts

Black cabs fell into black holes today as Manganese Bronze — maker of the iconic London taxi — said it found accounting errors going back more than two years.

Simon Kelner: Proof that the printed word is alive and kicking

Many of you will be reading these words in the traditional manner, by turning over the page of a newspaper, scanning the headline, and then reading the columnist's first paragraph before deciding that life is too short after all.

Education Secretary Michael Gove who has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields

Fears of school playing fields sell-off as Michael Gove relaxes Government regulations

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed Government regulations on the amount of minimum outdoor space schools must provide pupils for playing team games.

Hot ticket: Sunday's spectacular closing ceremony

What would you have done if you'd found a Closing Ceremony ticket...?

Bogus letters were left around London to test city's new-found public spirit. Charlie Cooper has the results

Great Britain's handball team failed to win any games

No medals, no money: UK Sport plays hardball with 2012 failures

The cheers of the crowd have barely died away but already minority sports that revelled in their moment in the Olympic sun are facing the realities of a tough future.

Cab maker Manganese in the mire

Black cabs fell into black holes yesterday as Manganese Bronze – maker of the well-known London taxi – said it had found accounting errors going back more than two years.

Frank Lampard is one of the few senior players cleared to play in tonight’s friendly

Frank Lampard: Comparing England with Team GB's Olympians is unfair

Captain says team-mates should not take all the blame for game's beleaguered position

Elbow profit from Olympic closing ceremony performance

Elbow look to be among the biggest winners of artists performing at the Olympic closing ceremony with a massive boost in sales.

In athletics, Jessica Ennis brought a marked improvement on Beijing

Golden welcome for Olympic champion Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis has been promised a "champion's welcome" with a golden theme when she returns to her home city on Friday.

Colin Moynihan:The BOA chairman is stepping down after seven years
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<br />A sell-out crowd awaits Team GB in Coventry for their quarter-final football clash with Canada. Can Steph Houghton, (No 3, right) repeat her scoring feat after her stunning strike guided GB to a shock 1-0 win over Brazil?

Team GB football team 'unlikely' for Rio 2016 Olympics says FA general secretary

The Football Association have dealt a blow to Hope Powell's wish for a British women's team to compete at the Rio Olympics.

London's conquering heroes head home as Paralympics prepare for another sell-out

They came, they saw and many of them conquered. But all good things must come to an end. Yesterday Britain began bidding farewell to the 10,000 athletes who had called Stratford their home as organisers began the herculean task of readying the Olympic Park in time for the Paralympics.

Brazil striker Neymar 'happy' with Olympic silver medal

Bruised by their loss to Mexico in the Olympic final, Brazil begins their journey to the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Sweden on Wednesday.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes waved the five-ringed flag as he and other officials disembarked from the flight that brought them back from London

Olympic flag touches down on Brazilian soil

The Olympic flag touched down on Brazilian soil, marking the start of four years of preparations ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

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A land of the outright bizarre
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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

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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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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
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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