Self-assessment: Glitches and new rules mean more taxpayers at risk of £100 deadline fine

Self-assessment taxpayers are being urged to get their skates on and file their returns by the 31 January deadline, or face a £100 fine.

Exclusive Christmas short story by Helen Dunmore: A house by the sea

Illustrations by Anna-Louise Felstead

Britain, get your skates on

The number of temporary ice rinks across the country is on the rise this winter – and A&E departments are standing by. Ian Griggs reports

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/by-sophie-mor-1.html">Ethics Girl: Any ideas on sustainable energy?</a>

If you've got an excellent idea for a sustainable energy project up your sleeve but the credit crisis is putting the crunch on your funding, get your skates on and apply for an Ashden Award.

Degale sounds warning after making final

James Degale sailed into the Olympic middleweight final in Beijing today then warned amateur boxing chiefs the nation's top stars could quit over the political in-fighting in the sport.

Roller Derby: Meet the ladies who crunch

Britain's first roller derby international arrives next weekend &ndash; and the Olympics beckon

My Way: Skater Matt Evers on how he became successful

'Roadblocks? Go over them or under them'

My holiday in: California

Tommy Bower, aged 10

Slam, By Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby's first novel aimed at adolescents is narrated by a 15-year-old everyboy, Sam, who worships the skate-boarder Tony Hawks; the book's title is the word, in skating parlance, for a spectacular tumble. In Sam's case, it is also a metaphor for the spectacular mistake he has made in getting his ex-girlfriend pregnant.

Cecilia Colledge: Champion figure skater

Cecilia Colledge, the youngest ever Olympian at 11 years and 73 days, a record she earned in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and still held at her death, was born into a world of privilege destroyed when she was a teenager by the hostilities of the Second World War, which cut short her blossoming career as a top figure skater.

Darling's slashed growth predictions 'still too high'

Chancellor Alistair Darling today signalled that the impact of global financial turmoil would last longer than expected as he cut growth forecasts for the second time in six months.

Boxing: Khan puts skates on for Bolton's big day

Belorussian is left stunned by rapid strike as lightweight races to his fastest professional victory

Belita

Olympic ice-skater turned Hollywood film star

It's time to get your skates on

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen