News Crispin Blunt has survived an attempt by worthies in his local party to get rid of him

Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended

Duran Duran cancel third US gig

Duran Duran have cancelled a third consecutive American concert after a band-member contracted a suspected viral illness.

Jordan Rhodes is Scottish at heart

Rhodes leads Scotland to win over Australia with debut goal

Jordan Rhodes scored his first international goal to help Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road last night.

A Blagger's Guide To: Gold

Some 24-Carat performances to treasure
Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 49er action

Team GB pair Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes miss out on 49er class medal

Great Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes saw their hopes of a bronze medal end today.

Silver medal prospects look good for Team GB's Nick Dempsey

A silver medal for windsurfer Nick Dempsey is still a real prospect after the gold was wrapped up with two races to spare by Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands.

Due diligence on Dylan: writer finds fraud in first chapter

Journalist Michael Moynihan did not have to read past the first chapter of writer Jonah Lehrer's best-selling book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" to realize the high-profile writer had fabricated some of its material, namely quotes from Bob Dylan.

Ben Ainslie now lies in second place

Ben Ainslie's gold medal hopes hit after losing out to Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen yet again

Ben Ainslie saw his assault on Olympic gold stutter once again today as he finished behind Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen for a fifth time at London 2012.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are favourites for gold

The Brits: How we've fared so far

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Dandy Dick, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero’s 1887 comedy has been given a wide berth by directors - it was last staged in the West End in 1973 - and its author largely forgotten. Pinero was celebrated at his peak for his rehabilitation of the farce, and for a while outshone Wilde and Shaw, though his star waned and he died in relative obscurity.

Pavel Pogrebnyak

Reading target Pavel Pogrebnyak set for work permit hearing

Reading are trying hard to finalise their deal for 28-year old Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak before looking for other additions to the squad to prepare for life in the Premier league.

Gun gang guilty of killing dancer in south London

A teenage gang who went "on the prowl" with a loaded gun have been found guilty of killing a professional dancer.

Win a set of all the brilliant winners of the 2012 Fiction Uncovered prize

The Fiction Uncovered prize is an unusual one, in that it selects eight titles instead of one winner each year. Its remit is quite simple: to “uncover and celebrate our best British writers”.

All Rhodes lead to Wembley for Huddersfield

Huddersfield set up an all-Yorkshire showdown with Sheffield United at Wembley on Saturday week as they went through to the League One play-off final 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 to MK Dons.

Joy boy: Jack Hunt (right) celebrates scoring Town's second with Damien Johnson

Rhodes shows premier class to put Terriers in driving seat

Milton Keynes Dons 0 Huddersfield Town 2: Scottish striker's 38th goal of the season brings promotion a step closer as Dons disappoint

Puma wins latest leg of Volvo round the world race

It went down to the wire but the American-flagged Puma won the sixth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami.

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...