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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee