Life and Style A study by UK Active has found that Manchester is Britain's laziest town

Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

Wallaby dig at pretty England

Australia's Digby Ioane is relishing the chance to launch his comeback against England's "pretty" wingers on Saturday.

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson cited for stamp

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson has been cited for stamping on Scotland forward Alasdair Strokosch during yesterday's Test match at Murrayfield.

Manu Tuilagi of England hands off Vereniki Goneva of Fiji during the QBE international match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium

Stuart Lancaster wary of Australian backlash

Stuart Lancaster warned England must be prepared for an Australian backlash in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.

Fiji were denied access to key players on Saturday

IRB consider amnesty offer for clubs who keep players away from international duty

The International Rugby Board may grant an amnesty to European clubs who offer foreign players incentives not to represent their countries in Test matches in exchange for guarantees that such practices will stop immediately. The governing body, determined to take action following last week's revelations in The Independent that Fiji had been unable to field their strongest team at last year's World Cup and had again been weakened for their current tour of the northern hemisphere, will address the issue in the coming weeks.

Kim Whitton, left, and Patricia Putt took part in the scientific test at Goldsmiths, University of London

They didn't see that coming: Psychics fail scientific test

Two mediums who claimed to have psychic powers were unable to demonstrate their ability under laboratory conditions.

A detective from the Met's Sapphire sex crime unit has been detained

New Scotland Yard to be sold as Metropolitan Police downsizes

New Scotland Yard is to be sold as the Metropolitan Police faces making cuts of more than £500 million, a senior officer said today.

Freddie Burns did his claim for England status no harm at all in Gloucester’s 27-21 defeat of Leicester

Burns leaves indelible mark as he enhances his reputation

Taken together, the sighs of relief from the England coaching team at the end of this minor Premiership classic at Kingsholm were enough to constitute a gale force wind. Toby Flood looked very sharp at outside-half for Leicester; his colleagues Dan Cole and Geoff Parling applied God's amount of pressure, at scrum and line-out respectively; Freddie Burns reinforced the already overwhelming impression that he is an international No 10 in waiting; Billy Twelvetrees did something similar with regards to the No 12 position. But for some dodgy throwing from the hooker Tom Youngs, who would be positively lethal on a darts oche, it was just about perfect.

Mary Dejevsky: More reasons to build Boris Island

We pay more attention, I would wager, to arguments we like than to those we don't. Which is doubtless why I was so taken with a report saying that a third runway at Heathrow could treble deaths related to air pollution (bringing them to 150 a year by 2030), while a brand new "Boris Island" airport could reduce them by two thirds.

Passengers hit by major rail delays

Passengers travelling in and out of London faced major delays this morning after a host of rail and underground services were cancelled.

Leinster lift the Heineken Cup in May. The RFU is backing a change of competition format

RFU pushes for revamped Heineken Cup

The vexed future of the Heineken Cup, by common consent the best club rugby competition in the world, was being debated once again yesterday as delegates from all six competing nations gathered in Rome to work out a way of holding the thing together in the face of English and French threats to walk away in 2014.

Simon McIntyre scores for Wasps in their narrow win yesterday

Pete Townshend explains child porn searches

Rock legend Pete Townshend has opened up for the first time about his arrest in 2003 on suspicion of using child pornography. Speaking to the Times, the Who guitarist described his decision to investigate as a result of "white knight syndrome".

Dean Richards at the RFU Championship launch at Twickenham yesterday admitted he has not always been a saint

Chastened Dean Richards is ready to return to the game that's in his blood

Newcastle's director of rugby is aiming to steer the Tynesiders back into the Premiership

Tony Rea returns to London Broncos

Tony Rea has been appointed as the head coach of London Broncos for a second time after signing a two-year contract.

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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
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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
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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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

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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