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On Sky Atlantic last night, we finally had a chance to see Looking, the new HBO series, which has inspired a deluge of internet comment, despite disappointingly low viewing figures on its US debut earlier this month.

Ben Ainslie among those competing in the Round the Island Race

Nearly 1,500 yachts have entered the race around the Isle of Wight

Nebraska-based agents ran the website, described as being bulletin board-type, for two months back in November.

FBI ran child porn site for two weeks in bid to identify 5,000 sex offenders

Over the course of the two weeks the agency attempted to identify 5,600 users who were responsible for sharing photographs of children being abused

Manoa is not obviously in need of building up

19st Samu Manoa’s mum would like to see him make a meal of a few Tigers

When Samu Manoa’s mother last saw him, she decided that the 19st-plus Northampton forward was looking a little on the skinny side. “Are they feeding you over there in England?” she asked him. “Give me the coach’s number. I’ll call him.”

Warmer weather set to return for Bank Holiday weekend...but it's hardly a scorcher

The coming Bank Holiday weekend is likely to much more May-like in appearance, with warmer temperatures making a welcome return.

Double Olympic medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has been killed in a training accident on the Swedish America's Cup challenger Artemis

Safety recommendations unveiled for the America's Cup following death of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

The British Olympian died during training for the race

Theatre review: The Kite Runner, Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival

It was always going to be a tall order bringing Khaled Hosseini’s mega-selling 2003 novel about friendship, betrayal and exile to the stage.

Safety first: Nick Hutton and Pierluigi De Felice of Luna Rossa show off their protective gear, which team boss Patrizio Bertelli wants enhanced

America's Cup sailors may wear body armour following death of Andrew "Bart" Simpson

Competitors in this year's America's Cup may wear a revolutionary body armour and stronger helmets to protect them from the sort of accident that killed British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson.

'Luna Rossa' team boss sets out demands for new America's Cup rules following death of British sailor Andrew Simpson

A series of demands which would radically alter the upcoming America’s Cup have been made by Patrizio Bertelli, boss of the luxury goods house Prada, which is backing the Italian challenger Luna Rossa.

The wrecked Artemis boat, under which Andrew Simpson OBE was trapped and died

America's Cup teams grounded following death of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

America’s Cup sailing in San Francisco has been grounded. Teams were staying ashore until today as a mark of respect to British Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson after he was killed in a training session on San Francisco Bay.

Google shares hit record high as it starts streaming music market to take on Spotify

Google's market value rose beyond $300bn last night after its shares closed above $900 for the first time.

The wrecked Artemis boat, under which Andrew Simpson OBE was trapped and died

2013 America's Cup: Race to go ahead despite death of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

The British Olympic gold medal winner died during training for the race

Police are looking into the cause of the death of Andrew Simpson

Police and America's Cup director launch inquiries into Andrew Simpson's death

Two inquiries have been set up into the death on Thursday of Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew Simpson while training with the Swedish America's Cup challenger Artemis on San Francisco Bay.

Deep throat: Benedict Cumberbatch prepares to unleash his astonishing voice

Jonathan Romney on Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch, a supervillain worlds apart

JJ Abrams soaks the screen with colour, but a flared nostril and swirling coat steal the show

Andrew Simpson's catamaran lies capsized after turning over during training in San Francisco Bay

Tributes paid to British Olympic gold medallist sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson killed on America's Cup challenger Artemis in San Francisco Bay but how could he be trapped in capsized boat for 10 minutes?

Officials from the world’s most famous sailing competition are investigating how a British Olympic gold medal-winner came to be trapped underwater in his capsized boat for up to ten minutes, as team-mates and competitors alike tried to come to terms with the death of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.

Simpson, right, and Iain Percy step up to the Olympic podium at Weymouth last year

Andrew Simpson obituary: Sailor who won gold at the Beijing Olympics

His colleague Andy Green said that before going to the US he had been thinking about retirement

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