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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Britain's Lyn Byl shoots during the thrilling victory over Angola on day one of the London Handball Cup at the Olympic Park

Sisters of evolution: how a handball team was born

From nothing to the 2012 Olympics, Robin Scott-Elliot charts the amazing rise of Britain's side

Joan Smith: What if women paid less tax?

There is an unacknowledged 'woman tax'. Attitudes are shaped by prejudice about men as breadwinners

24-hour room service: Marstrands Havshotell, Sweden

Relationship experts often suggest that you should go on at least two dates with a would-be suitor (psychopaths aside) before dismissing them altogether. Perhaps the same is true of hotels. Plenty charm guests into falling in love with them at first sight, others quite clearly have the appeal of Freddy Kruger, but occasionally you come across a hotel that deserves a second chance. Such is the case with Marstrands Havshotell, which opened in January on the island of Koon, in western Sweden.

In A Better World (15)

Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm

Analysis: Jihadist networks have long singled out Norway

For a country that hands out the Nobel Peace Prize and spends more on foreign aid per capita than any other nation, it might seem surprising that Norway would be a target for terrorists.

New stars of Nordic noir: Norway's authors discuss their country's crime wave

This summer's hottest mysteries are arriving from cool Norway.

Northern Lights: A dazzling shot in the dark

Once described as the "Dance of the Spirits", the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, is one of the most elusive of photography subjects. An award-winning British photographer who leads tours across Scandinavia in search of the perfect shot of the Northern Lights may well have captured it in this image.

The Hypnotist, By Lars Kepler

Entranced by a genuine chiller

The Secret History Of: The bubble chair

It's a bit space age, a bit glamorous, a bit indoor hammock. The Bubble chair was built to swing lazily on a landing or to be suspended in a room full of books but within reach of a martini.

Caught in the Net: Bill Callahan dips into his past

Bill Callahan recently added to his huge catalogue of recordings – both using his own name and the moniker Smog – with a great new album, Apocalypse.

Talk of the town: The etymology of UK places

What's in a name? In the case of our villages and cities, there are secrets, snobbery and social change. Caroline Taggart explains the etymology of UK places – and why we could have been stuck with 'Snottingham'

Sunderland blow as Craig Gordon is ruled out for six-months

Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon is set to be sidelined for up to six months after undergoing knee surgery.

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
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