Sport Sascha Kindred and his wife Nyree are both in GB’s swimming team and hoping to add to their impressive Paralympic medal hauls

As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

Alice Jones: Who wants a work space to look like home?

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Gabriel Byrne to star in Quirke

Gabriel Byrne is set to star in a series of crime thrillers based on novels by Booker Prize winner John Banville.

Tim Vine: “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze”

The Fringe funnies

Q: What do you call a joke about Posh and Becks? A: Edinburgh's best

Tim Vine: “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze”

Q: What do you call a joke about Posh and Becks? A: Edinburgh's best

Nick Clark reports on the competition to find the finest Fringe funny

Referees risk wrath with video expansion

If the wild excitement at Lord's during the final session of the England-South Africa Test series was enough to persuade the most myopic of rugby administrators that the union code might learn a thing or two from the great summer game, there was some concern at yesterday's Premiership launch that an imminent expansion of television decision-making, a la cricket, might backfire. Even those overseeing the new policy on video replay technology seemed less than convinced the sport was on the right track.

Marek Larwood: Typecast, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

“I’m sick of playing people who have been hit by spades”, laments Marek Larwood in his debut solo show. It’s not clear whether he is offering this slapstick stereotyping as a reason for his permanently startled expression, but there’s little doubt that the 36-year-old has a face for comedy.

Well played: Olivia Coleman and Sharon Horgan in 'Bad Sugar'

Nice sitcoms, but where are the new faces?

Channel 4's season relies too much on trusted talent, says Gerard Gilbert

Almost Nothing to Do With Frogs, Underbelly, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Fringe is all about talent-spotting but forget Footlights - if you really want to see the next generation of performers first, the smart money is on Double Edge Drama. This is theatre company of Eton College, whose recent alumni include Eddie Redmayne, Harry Lloyd and Tom Hiddleston, to name but a few.

Punch and Judy makes comeback

Punch and Judy is making a comeback - but without the violence or dropped baby.

Will Franken: Things We Did Before Reality, Just the Tonic at The Caves, Edinburgh

San Franciscan Will Franken provides the most whistlestop character comedy that you’re likely to see at the Fringe this year.

Celebrities enter Big Brother house

Former Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear, Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp and comedian Julian Clary were among the latest housemates to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house last night.

Archie Bland: You're a posho, Benedict, just shut up about it

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Luke Anderson, 31, was crowned winner of the current Channel 5 series.

Lowest ratings recorded for BB final

Big Brother drew its lowest-ever viewing figures for a final last night with less than two million watching.

Blue Demon

Portfolio: Lourdes Grobet

With its blend of high-flying manoeuvres, outlandish costumes and pageantry rooted in ancient culture, lucha libre – aka the raucous world of Mexican wrestling – has been a bedrock of its homeland ever since the silver-masked fighter El Santo stepped into the ring in 1942 and became the sport's first superstar, complete with mask and carefully controlled anonymity.

Gold standard: Laura Trott, in the Adidas photo booth with her medals, is a real role model for girls

Joanna Moorhead: It's not your looks that count, it's giving your heart and soul

The Olympics have given our celebrity-obsessed teenagers a glimpse into another world, where talent, hard work and dedication pay off

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003