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Nearly 100 per cent of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does it.

Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia says divine intervention caused him to change course at the last minute and prevent a worse disaster

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino arrives in court to hear evidence against him

Passengers who survived the collision off the Tuscan coast on January 13 in which 32 people were killed are also attending.

Costa Concordia captain in court to hear evidence

The former captain of the shipwrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia has arrived at a court in Italy to hear the evidence against him.

David Cameron pledges to turn Britain into an 'aspiration nation' during Conservative Party Conference speech

In his 50-minute closing speech to the Tory conference, the Prime Minister rejected Labour’s portrayal of 'cartoon Conservatives who don’t care'.

Swim show is making waves

"I had an epiphany," says theatre-maker Adrian Howells of the day he went swimming nude on a deserted beach in Greece.

Jailing the man who accidentally sent a sexy message to all his contacts was ridiculous

The man who sent his entire phonebook - including two young girls - a sexy text did not deserve to go to jail. That he served time at all undermines the legal system.

Laura Davis: A momentary slip was not abuse. It was careless

A man who sent a sexy text message to a lover was jailed for 18 months in July. Must've been one hell of a saucy message, right?

Ellen E Jones: Why this nation should cherish its eccentrics

The greatest book of the modern age, in case you were wondering, is Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages by William Donaldson, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in print this year.

Aled Davies

Athletics: Aled Davies wins Team GB's first medal at the Olympic Stadium

Aled Davies has gone from reluctant convert to Paralympic inspiration after winning Great Britain's athletics first medal of the Games at a noisy Olympic Stadium this morning.

Swimming: Team GB's Sam and Oliver Hynd qualify for final at the Aquatics Centre

A British clean sweep in the men's S8 400 metres freestyle at the Aquatics Centre appears a distinct possibility after brothers Sam and Oliver Hynd and ParalympicsGB team-mate Thomas Young filled the top three places in qualifying for tonight's final.

Joy for Jonathan in pool as Britain win two golds on excellent first day

Fox ignores pool jinx to end long wait for home aquatics gold

He took a couple of deep breaths and then grinned his way through the National Anthem. It has been a long time in coming – 34 days, in fact – but a Briton has finally climbed on to the top of the podium in the Aquatics Centre. Jonathan Fox, a 21-year-old Cornishman with a fondness for heavy metal, rounded off a rousing opening day for the host nation at the London Paralympics with Britain's second gold medal last night.

Hannah Russell: The Briton was all smiles last night after landing her silver medal

Russell finds inspiration from 'gutsy' Adlington to win silver

British success has not come easy in the London Aquatics Centre this summer, and it is to perhaps the hardest-earned of those rare Olympic moments that Hannah Russell turned to find her inspiration to claim a silver medal on her Paralympic debut last night.

Team Paralympics GB entered the stadium during the parade last, to huge cheers

Crowds roar GB stars to gold and world records in the Velodrome and the pool

One might expect having no arms to be an insurmountable disadvantage in a backstroke swimming race against opponents that do have them. Not so.

Royal Mail to honour Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey with new stamp

Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey's first class performance will be marked with the production of a stamp in her honour.

Jody Cundy switched to cycling after three golds in swimming

Jody Cundy: Hoy and Pendleton set example to follow

My Paralympics: I never thought the Games would achieve the interest it has

Hannah Russell: The Briton was all smiles last night after landing her silver medal

Russell, 16, finds inspiration from 'gutsy' Adlington to win 400m silver

Teenager produces personal best to yield to rival only in final 50 yards of freestyle event

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