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Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence

Tim Walker's personal retouch, created using pixlr.com

Photography: Smooth operator

People always edit their lives on Facebook, picking photos, links and "likes" to make themselves seem as awesome as possible.

Exclusive: Dementia patients in Nottingham care home were left dirty and thirsty

Police are investigating a private care home after “serious concerns” about the substandard care given to nearly 30 dementia patients in Nottingham.

US east coast braced for new storm

A week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power, coastal residents in New York and New Jersey were again warned to leave their homes as a smaller, but still powerful, storm approached from the Atlantic.

Poppy campaign has no right to demand conformity

The implication that we are universally obliged to wear a poppy crosses the line

Micah Richards is taken off in the Premier League game against Swansea

Manchester City defender Micah Richards out for four months

Micah Richards will be out of action for far longer than originally feared and expects to be sidelined for up to four months after having surgery on the knee injury he suffered on Saturday.

Editorial: A step forward for the judiciary

The creation of the Supreme Court was a radical change to Britain's constitutional arrangements that passed with remarkably little fuss. With its first session in October 2009, the ultimate authority of the judiciary was, for the first time, wholly divorced from all other branches of the state. Over the three years since, the Court has avoided any of the controversies that so easily accrue to a final arbiter and produced a string of finely wrought judgments on everything from asbestosis to enfranchisement rights to "closed" trials.

Roy Hodgson with David Bernstein in Poland earlier this week

Blow for England manager Roy Hodgson as FA blocks David Bernstein extension

A draw in Warsaw, defeat at Wembley yesterday for Roy Hodgson, who will lose an important ally next summer when the Football Association chairman, David Bernstein, is forced to step down.

The idea that huge numbers of Brits fake injuries, in the manner of Jack Lemmon in 'Meet Whiplash Willie', is exaggerated

Kate Hughes: Cash-strapped Brits stay on the straight and narrow

Fears of a growing 'compensation culture' are unfounded as households seek extra, legal cash

Mitie expands into home care with £111m Enara deal

The support services specialist Mitie has spent £110.8m buying one of Britain's biggest home-care businesses, Enara.

New contact lenses could cure short-sightedness

Good news for the young and squinty. A prototype contact lens that could cure short-sightedness by coaxing the eyeball to grow into a healthier shape has been unveiled by researchers in America. Gizmag takes a closer look.

Cultural life: Lucy Rose, singer

Music

I listen to the Maccabees’ new album Given to the Wild all the time, especially if I’m travelling anywhere. The guitar work is incredible, such as the double guitar harmonies.

My Edinburgh: Virginia Ironside, Writer

I can't have been more than 10 when I first visited Edinburgh with my father, who'd designed the sets for a festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We stayed in the Old Waverley Hotel (which is still there) on Princes Street. The whole place was granite-coloured hell. Even the counters at Jenners (which is also still there) were manned by sour-faced old Edinburgh spinsters who looked shocked if you wished to be so extravagant as to purchase anything; the town rolled up its streets at nine at night.

Dom Joly: A hit show means I can annoy people again

That's it. I've finished the marathon session of filming that's gone into making my new TV show Fool Britannia. Over the past 15 weeks or so I have travelled across the UK in order to dress up as curious characters and harass the general public. It's not what my parents would have wanted me to do, but it's a living.

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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
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us