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Video: Candide Thovex's five-minute video is simply unbelievable

Britain are expected to take their strongest-ever team to Sochi

Speed skaters tap into cycling's golden secrets

Britain’s speed-skating team are the latest sport to try to tap into British cycling’s remarkable run of success in an attempt to win a first Olympic gold at next year’s Winter Games.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes speaks to the media during a press conference at the Sofitel Hotel at Heathrow Airport, London after he was forced to pull out of an expedition across Antarctica because of frostbite

Sir Ranulph Fiennes reveals frustration after quitting Coldest Journey expedition with frostbite

68-year-old developed frostbite after taking off his gloves in temperatures of around minus 33C

Room service: Le Kaïla, Méribel

Echoes of Tibet in Alpine France

Film review: Natascha Kampusch’s eight years in captivity – distilled into 111 minutes of cinematic brutality in 3096 Days

Austrian schoolgirl was abducted in Vienna in 1998 and held for eight years in a cellar before she escaped in August 2006

Deals of the week: Geneva, Rome, Turkey

Less than £200... British Airways Holidays is offering skiers a week-long fly-drive to Geneva for £199pp in March. The deal includes flights from Gatwick and Avis car rental for the duration of the stay. Accommodation, skiing, lift passes and equipment is extra. Ba.com/ski

The British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes had to use his bare hands in temperatures as low as -30C to fix a ski binding after a training mishap

Not even Sir Ranulph can beat frostbite: Fiennes pulls out of Antarctic challenge

Explorer pulls out of Antarctic trek attempt after training fall

British teenage girl dies on school ski trip to Italian Alps

A teenage girl has died after falling from a ski lift during a school trip to the Italian Alps.

The name's Terry, Terry of the mountains

I'm in the French Alps, skiing in a small British village called Val d'Isère. I suppose that technically it's French but you wouldn't know it. The place is packed with Ruperts and Tobys teaching their broods to ski so that they might better be able to network once they get their first job in banking. French is spoken here, but only if absolutely necessary and is definitely frowned upon.

On track: Consider taking the train to the Alps

Snow Report: Avoid the airport crowds in this bumper season

It's too early to say for sure, but the current ski season, now halfway through, is looking as if it will be the one that sees a return to growth in skier numbers after four seasons of decline. Specialist travel agency Ski Solutions (020-7471 7749; skisolutions.com) is among those reporting record-breaking January sales, with bookings up 23 per cent.

Cable cars make their way up to the Hintertux Glacier near Mayrhofen

British girl aged 10 dies in Austria ski crash

A 10-year-old British girl died after ploughing into a tree on a family skiing holiday in Austria, local police said.

'Cocaine, Bacardi and short skirts' - Andy van der Meyde's warning to Royston Drenthe about moving to Everton

Former Everton player warned his countryman about the temptations on offer on Merseyside

Lindsey Vonn is airlifted to hospital

Lindsey Vonn to undergo surgery after serious crash that saw her airlifted from mountain

The American skiier lost control at the World Championships in Schladming

Lindsey Vonn is airlifted to hospital

Skiing poster girl Lindsey Vonn airlifted to hospital after serious crash

American skier has been romantically linked with Tiger Woods

It's downhill from here: Simon skiing from the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla, accessed via a 10-minute helicopter ride from Grimentz

Skiing in Switzerland: Going off-piste in Grimentz

A drought in a resort famous for its epic snowfall. A mountain with the best steep terrain anywhere... in a heatwave. Crud, slush, mud: the life of the off-piste skier with a day job can be as frustrating as it is ruinous.

Elizabeth Yarnold during the FIBT women's skeleton world cup in Utah

Lizzy Yarnold: 'The bob skeleton is petrifying and unnatural but I love it'

She did not choose bob skeleton, it was chosen for her, yet the brave Brit has medal chances at this week's World Championships

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...