The sporting week ahead (12/05/13)

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Manager Phil Parkinson joins his Bradford side in celebration

Bradford triumph to earn Wembley return in play-off final

The Bantams see off Burton Albion despite first-leg defeat to reach their second Wembley final this season

The front entrance to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George ‘Dubya’ Bush writes his version of history with launch of presidential library

The former president makes a comeback – but is America ready to reconsider his legacy?

Margaret Thatcher pre-dawn funeral rehearsal 'went very well'

A full military rehearsal for Baroness Thatcher's funeral has taken place in the early hours of this morning.

Five things we learnt from Aintree this year...

1 Remodelled fences are a leap forward

Point scorer: Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrates his try that clinched quarter-final victory in the Heineken Cup at Twickenham yesterday

Saracens 27 Ulster 16 match report: Chris Ashton finds his old form as Saracens see off Ulster

England wing scores the crucial try for Premier League leaders to reach Heineken Cup semi-final

Beecher’s Brook is one of the most difficult fences on the course

Grand National jockey Katie Walsh defends race as concerns over horse deaths mount

The horses that take part in the Grand National are treated “better than some children” despite the equine death toll, a leading jockey has claimed ahead of this weekend’s race.

Surviving dissertation season: The dreaded essay cave

Dissertations are designed to make you hurt. There's only one thing for it - hunker down, prepare your essay cave and see out the storm...

Lost world: Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall in 'Parade's End'

Bafta Television Craft nominations 2013: Parade's End leads charge for BBC drama with five award nods

The BBC leads the nominations for this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards with five nominations for period drama Parade's End.

You Write the Caption - 22/03/13

Win a bottle of wine

Bryan Cooper returns muddy but elated after winning on Ted Veale in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle yesterday

Cheltenham Festival: Baby-faced Cooper underlines status as new Irish hero

Successive victories on final day cap a superb week for heir apparent to McCoy and Walsh

The goat mascot has a habit of upsetting the opposition

Brian Smith: The Welsh goat is just annoying. I once hit it with a ball but it ignored me...

Coach's View: If England can bring it down to a kicking game they can win big test

A supporter of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez salutes as she views his coffin as his body lay in state in Caracas

Hugo Chavez: loyalists pay respects to a leader still in his red beret

Two days after their controversial ruler died, Venezuelans queued for miles to view his body - which will be embalmed 'like Lenin'

Swansea celebrate with the club's first ever major trophy

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins: Capital One Cup success 'a dream'

The Welsh side celebrated their Wembley victory over Bradford with an open-top bus parade yesterday

Michael Laudrup has his Swansea side playing quality football

Chairman Huw Jenkins expects Michael Laudrup to stay at Swansea

The Dane has been linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea