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Lampedusa tragedy: 111 bodies recovered

Martin Dougan: A day of action to match thrills of the opening ceremony

You've got Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis. Now people are even starting to realise it's OK to fancy disabled people

Toots and the Maytals, Concorde 2, Brighton
Jessie Ware, Plan B, London

If ever someone needed to relax, it's Toots

Mo Farah hails Britain’s multicultural society for helping him win double Olympic gold

Mo Farah today hailed the role of Britain’s multicultural society in helping him to his double gold medal Olympic performance, saying it had provided him with the opportunity to shine.

Usain Bolt celebrates gold by doing 'The Mobot'

Jacques Rogge tries to defuse Usain Bolt row, calling the Jamaican sprinter 'an active performance legend'

IOC president Jacques Rogge attempted to defuse a rumbling row with Usain Bolt today by describing him as "an active performance legend" and the best sprinter of all time.

Paul Vallely: Sometimes the only person to beat is yourself

The expectations of the public, says Rebecca Adlington, can be different from those of the athlete
The Games Makers helped win our hearts

Roger Black: Historic feats and helping hands made this the best Games of all

The Expert View: People say Sydney was the best, but in London we have beaten that

August 11, 2012: Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team-mates celebrate breaking the world record.

Usain Bolt wins third gold medal of London 2012 as Jamaica claim new world record in 4x100m relay final

Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to victory in a blistering men's 4x100 metres final as they retained their title in a world record 36.84 seconds tonight.

Is nature or nurture behind Jamaica's need for speed?

Some say it’s in the genes. Others credit the local yams and green bananas. Sports analysts reckon world-class coaches played the key role. Cultural commentators credit a straightforward love of speed which, in previous eras, inspired the nation’s most gifted sportsmen to devote their careers to sending cricket balls towards rib cages at high velocity.

Usain Bolt is the first man to retain the Olympic sprint titles

Guy Keleny: How could he be a legend? His existence is not in doubt

Pedant's View: Legendary figures are the likes of Arthur and Achilles, who may or may not have lived

As part of the

London 2012: NHS to launch health drive in capital

As part of the "Games effect" the NHS is launching a health drive to improve the fitness of Londoners.

Usain Bolt says he is a 'living legend' after his record-breaking wins yesterday

Sebastian Coe says Usain Bolt is 'clearly a legend'

Sebastian Coe insists that Usain Bolt is already a legend - despite the president of the International Olympic Committee stating the Jamaican sprinter will need to star at even more Games before he can attain that status.

BBC boss Mark Thompson defends Olympics coverage

BBC boss Mark Thompson has defended the corporation's Olympics coverage after reports he ordered staff to stop “focusing” so much on Team GB's success.

Canoeing: British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever storms into semi-finals

British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever stormed into the semi-finals of the 200m competition today as he won his heat in a time of 35.087 seconds.

Denmark's Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein looks the part on Digby

A rugby man enjoying dressage? I nearly had to draw the curtains

It is a common joke in the distinctly uncommon world of dressage, where even the most serious riders have occasionally been known to laugh despite being asked to perform minor miracles on horseback while dressed in outfits that would guarantee them podium finishes in the Monty Python Upper Class Twit of the Year contest, that the only thing worse than a rubbish display is an entertaining one.

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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect