Arts and Entertainment Olivia Newton-John pictured in 2008: An unidentified man has been found dead at the singer's Florida home.

A man has been found shot dead at the home of Grease star Olivia Newton-John.

Hundreds of jellyfish head for UK beaches

Beach users have been warned to beware of stinging jellyfish after an "unprecedented" number of reports of the creatures being stranded across the UK.

The great Madoff sell-off

The disgraced financier's home in Florida is up for sale. Stephen Foley goes through the keyhole

Madoff's Long Island beach house put up for sale

Those who see Bernard Madoff as the personification of greed and excess might be disappointed by his beach house: It's not that palatial.

Alang: The place where ships go to die

Thanks to the recession, Gujarat's ship-breaking yards are booming – but the impact on the environment is toxic

Jacobs Beach, by Kevin Mitchell

Many boxing old-timers regard 1950s America as the sport's apogee, with New York's Madison Square Garden at its glittering centre. But Kevin Mitchell knows better; he details how the Mafia took over the fight game in the US during that decade, freezing out anyone who wasn't "connected", fixing fights and fixing – often terminally – those who challenged their authority.

Jetsam (NC)

Algebra would be easier than piecing together this no-budget British espionage thriller.

Death in Venice – but this time it's Bogarde's beach

Scene immortalised by Dirk Bogarde film will be lost under plans to develop sand dunes. Michael Day reports on the backlash

The ten best beach games

Chosen by Cindy Yau

Dom Joly: A sweet corner of Canada that is forever Scotland

It was an Offshore Bruce last night. This meant that the wind was blowing away from Bruce Beach out on to Lake Huron. More importantly, it also meant that everybody could light the huge bonfires that had been sitting patiently on the beach in front of their cottages like ceremonial pyres.

Parents told to ignore beach signs banning photography

Parents are allowed to take photographs of their children on the country's largest urban beach despite signs stating the use of cameras is banned, a council said today.

Snake attack on British beach leaves man in hospital

A man was airlifted to hospital today after he was bitten three times by a snake on a British beach.

Bikini world record bid fails

A bid to set a new world record for the number of women being photographed wearing bikinis in one place failed today.

The Doctor of Thessaly, By Anne Zouroudi

If you don't find yourself in Greece this summer, then Zouroudi's latest mystery brings the Hellenic vibe tantalisingly close. Once again Hermes Diaktoros - a reassuringly earthbound investigator - finds himself dealing with a chorus of colourful locals.

The ten best city beach breaks

It's a well known dilemma: do you go for the exciting buzz of a city break, or the more relaxing option of topping up the tan on the beach? Why not do both?

Style and beauty tips for the beach

From the skimpiest of bikinis to retro shades, style insiders reveal their seaside essentials and beauty tips to Carola Long – while The Independent's fashion team pick their own holiday must-haves
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
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?