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.

In pictures: Child stars all grown-up

When Anna Chlumsky hit the red carpet yesterday to promote her new HBO television series Veep, you'd have been forgiven for sighing sadly and shouting "Vada!" at her. Like many child stars who have gone on to relative obscurity, not ended up hooked on drugs or managed to carve out a successful career away from the cameras, she will remain fixed as the dorky kid Macuaulay Culkin's Thomas J was in love with in the heartbreaking 1991 movie, My Girl.

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Viv Groskop: Leave our pro-choice culture alone

Pro-choice advocates concerned that we're turning the clock back on abortion

BBC's move north to be audited

The National Audit Office (NAO) will carry out a value-for-money review of the BBC's move to Media City in Salford later this year.

Smiles better: Stuart Lancaster has made the England camp into a challenging place to be for the likes of Lee Dickson (left), but also an environment full of fun

David Flatman: Lancaster is the analogue man in a digital world – and I like it that way

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Dustin Hoffman produces and stars in the HBO drama 'Luck'

Dustin Hoffman laments golden age of film

Movie legend Dustin Hoffman has lamented the end of Hollywood's golden age, criticising the industry for focusing on profits instead of making quality films.

Woman held in custody over Cowell break-in

A woman accused of breaking into Simon Cowell's mansion wielding a brick has appeared in court.

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A first for a debut: UK band One Direction tops US charts

One Direction, who rose to fame on The X Factor, have become the first British pop group to go straight to No 1 in the US charts with their debut album.

James Moore: Beware, The Apprentice can be very addictive

Outlook: It might seem strange now, but business leaders sometimes used to complain about being excluded from popular culture. It was felt that bright and talented young people shunned their blandishments in favour of the professions because business was seen as, well, a bit grubby and best left in a ghetto.

From lost boy to man: Sutherland in Berlin earlier this month

Kiefer Sutherland shows his sensitive side

The star of 24 was planning a break from TV but a new supernatural family drama from the creator of Heroes lured him back, he tells Sarah Hughes

Bob Katter has incensed his half-brother Carl, right, with an advert attacking gay marriage

The Australian MP, his gay brother, and a family feud over a 'homophobic rant'

Outspoken, Stetson-wearing firebrand finds himself on receiving end of the tough talk

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Let the royals compete, like Harry, if they are so special

Just for a lark a young white man visiting Jamaica ran against Usain Bolt. The picture appeared everywhere including on two whole pages of a leftie broadsheet. For it is Prince Harry, out and about selling The Firm. British colonialism and monarchism never pass on.

The bad boy of British boxing reveals how his mother's illness brought home his ignominy

Dereck Chisora: Inexcusable, embarrassing – but let me keep fighting

In his first interview since the infamous brawl with David Haye, the bad boy of British boxing reveals how his mother's illness brought home his ignominy. Alan Hubbard meets Dereck Chisora

Brit School music students rehearsing their latest project

Inside Britain's talent factory: 'Shows like The X Factor delude the young'

So says the charismatic principal of the Brit School which, over the past decade, has created countless stars. He gives Ian Burrell a backstage tour.

Godfather of British video art marks digital switchover with 1001 TV Sets

Are you ready for the digital switchover? 1001 TV Sets (End Piece) by the godfather of British video art David Hall, 75, fills a huge subterranean space under the University of Westminster with 1,001 televisions. They will be tuned to the five analogue stations – gradually their electronic signals will emit only white noise, first as BBC2 switches off on 4 April – followed by the rest of the channels on 18 April, during London's digital switchover.

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