The devastating disappearance of April Jones has shaken Machynlleth to its core

Machynlleth: 'The innocence of the town has gone. Once it is lost, you don't get it back'

Jonathan Brown talks to the people of Machynlleth as they face up to tragedy

Minecraft, the biggest thing in gaming, will now come in books

Publishing: A very Minecraft-y book deal

After muscling out film and music to become Britain's most lucrative entertainment medium last year, the £2bn (in sales) computer-games industry is now colonising bookshelves, too.

Learn to do everything (except not waste time online)

The joys of a site that teaches you, in easy-to-follow videos, how to do all those things you never had time to pick up before

Rebecca Armstrong: Learn to do everything (except not waste time online)

Get good at wallpaper. Get good at knitting. Get good at maths". Who wouldn't be tempted with offers like that? (Apart from accomplished painter decorators who knit their own socks and do quadratic equations backwards in the dark). How to do these things – and millions of others – is what videojug.com offers the visitors to its site. Set up in 2006, it creates how-to films that teach pretty much everything under the sun.

Damian Hirst's 1991 work 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living'

It should be child's play to accept that some modern art is rubbish

A Critical View: Some modern art is rubbish; All the oils you own yourself; Thank skeuomorphs very much

Referees disagree and Seattle are wrongly awarded a touchdown

Nickel-and-dime pay row that turned a $9bn sport into a world laughing stock

As top referees are locked out in a pensions dispute with team owners, their unqualified replacements are wrecking games with comically incorrect calls, writes Rupert Cornwell

Referees disagree and Seattle are wrongly awarded a touchdown

NFL: Nickel-and-dime pay row turns a $9bn sport into a laughing stock

Top referees are locked out and replacements are wrecking games with comically incorrect calls

Heart of the matter: James Meek

The Heart Broke In, By James Meek

An accomplished novel changes gears from detached satire to complex meditation on death

Anna Piaggi

Anna Piaggi - Flamboyant doyenne of fashion writers

Her legendary style was the antithesis of the stereotypical Italian look. For Anna Piaggi, sartorial paradise was not to be found in exquisite understatement, unadulterated luxury or the clashing of a few Florentine patterns.

South Korea's Sa Jae-hyouk dislocated his right elbow

Chris Hewett: Carnage at the clean and jerk – and no sign of any elbow room

The critic without a ticket: Clive James is the funniest thing ever produced by Australia, with the exception of its beer

Stephen Foley: Zuckerberg's long-term view is not enough to calm short-term worries

US Outlook: Mark Zuckerberg kept Wall Street guessing, right up until the start of Facebook's maiden results conference call with analysts. Would the social network's founder and chief executive deign to appear on the call, or would he leave it to his lieutenants, Sheryl Sandberg and David Ebersman, to walk everyone through the numbers?

BANE:
Steroidal comic book and film villain, born in a Caribbean prison. Sustained by a mysterious toxin that means death to punier humans.
BAIN:
Steroidal asset management and financial services villain, born in Boston. Sustained by a mysterious investment model that means death to punier firms.

Is Batman's Bane the Bain of Romney's existence? No, and here's why

Rush Limbaugh, America's most influential right-wing radio host, waded into the critical controversy surrounding The Dark Knight Rises this week, when he suggested to his listeners that the film's villain, Bane, might be a derisory reference to Mitt Romney, Republican presidential contender, and founder of the homophonic Bain Capital. "The movie has been in the works for a long time," Limbaugh spluttered, "the release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bain?"

Over 830,000 enter Nissan and PlayStation GT Academy Online Competition

Bid to find this year's game driver to real life racer begins in earnest.

Time to play your cards right as Nintendo launches 3DS virtual album

Nintendo 3DS owners will from today be able to swap and collect a specific collection of virtual cards featuring some of their favourite characters when the free Virtual Card Album launches for Nintendo 3DS.

In pictures: The weird and wonderful of degree shows

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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