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.

Tributes pour in for 'comedy great' Eric Sykes, who has died aged 89

“Comedy great” Eric Sykes, whose entertainment career spanned half a century from The Goon Show to Harry Potter, has died at the age of 89.

The theme music from shows such as 'Grandstand' is celebrated on the new compilation

Do not adjust your setlist

I became bored of playing in bands that performed our own half-baked compositions to half-empty rooms, so I decided to join one that played popular television theme tunes instead. We called ourselves Dream Themes and gigs suddenly became far more rewarding experiences.

PC Simon Harwood in court with his wife Helen

Pc Simon Harwood claims Ian Tomlinson was 'almost inviting physical confrontation'

A police officer accused of fatally injuring an unemployed man during protests in central London claimed that the victim was “almost inviting physical confrontation” before he was struck with a baton and shoved to the ground, a court heard today.

Czech mate: Lukas Rosol failed to recapture the form that saw him beat Rafa Nadal on Thursday as he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets

Reality bites for rusty Rosol

After upsetting world No 2 Nadal, the Czech is blown away

The scene at Buckley Street yesterday

Parents pay tribute to Oldham house blast victim

The parents of two-year-old Jamie Heaton, who died in an explosion in Shaw, Greater Manchester, paid tribute to their son today, saying: “Jamie was unique and amazing. We will miss everything about him.”

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Wendi Deng

Murdoch blames 'the English' as he vows not to bid for BSkyB

Rupert Murdoch vowed not to make a new bid for BSkyB after the division of News Corporation yesterday, saying he would focus his media empire on the US because "the English" had made him unwilling to invest any further in the UK.

Jenni Murray joined 'Woman's Hour' in 1987

A brand new vision for Woman's Hour: global money-maker

BBC plan to exploit programme's commercial potential angers purists

Ways of seeing: Nikita Lalwani

The Village, By Nikita Lalwani

An engaging morality tale about a TV crew's manipulation of life in an open prison in India.

Paraguay president faces senate trial

The trial of Paraguay's President, Fernando Lugo, was due to begin yesterday in the senate after lawmakers voted to impeach the former Roman Catholic bishop for his role in a deadly clash involving landless farmers.

War of the Red Roses as Flintoff hits Athers with verbal bouncer

You would have thought that as two Lancashire legends they could be the best of buddies, but there is clearly no love lost between Andrew Flintoff and Michael Atherton.

On the button: Bonnie Greer

Colour TV? Not here...

The last original black-authored drama was made more than 25 years ago. Bonnie Greer delivers her damning view of current British television

Creative industry tax relief plan launched

A drive to make the UK an affordable location for the production of big-budget television shows, animation and video games was launched today.

Faith says: 'Burlesque is empowering. It celebrates the female body as a natural form, whereas pornography is unrealistic, plastic'

Paloma Faith: 'I like to feel not all my eggs are in one basket, or I get nervous'

You feel a sense of elation seeing yourself on a billboard It's like: five years ago I was pulling pints, and now look. But being recognised is something you have to learn to deal with. It is kind of shocking – you still consider yourself to be the same as anyone else.

Mighty Pen: The rise of Draw Something

Draw Something: Hit app heads for TV screens

50 million people downloaded it – and now it is going to get its own show

Murdoch's 39 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB is under threat

BSkyB nets £3bn deal to show top English football for next three years

Rupert Murdoch brushed off his media scandals yesterday with a spectacular coup to maintain his grip on Britain's pay-TV market.

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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