Sport Elise Christie of Great Britain (centre) competes in an ISU speed skating event

Training against their male peers has given Britain’s female contingent an extra edge going into Sochi – raising hopes of the team’s best return since 1936

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IoS Happy List 2012

In our fifth annual antidote to those rich lists, David Randall and Ruth Halkon present 100 people who make Britain a much, much better place

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Matthew Bell tries the world's cheapest Michlin-starred meal

The <i>IoS</i> Happy List 2011 - the 100

Patricia Roffey and Emily Dugan present profiles of 100 people who make Britain a better and a happier place to live. If you would like to nominate someone for The Happy List click on the link below

Guide dog for the blind...guide dog

A guide dog who had his eyes removed after developing glaucoma has been provided with his own guide dog. Edward, an eight-year-old Labrador, had been at the side of Graham Waspe, a partially sighted man from Stowmarket in Suffolk, for six years. After Edward lost his own sight in October, Mr Waspe decided to keep him as a pet and the pair are now led around by another Labrador, two-year-old Opal.

Video: Books for the blind appeal launches

A new campaign has been launched that aims to greatly increase the number of books made available to blind and partially sighted people.

Ray Hazan: We need to see our way to supporting ex-Servicemen

Sight loss can be devastating. When someone loses their sight they face a long, challenging journey of rehabilitation. Emotionally, they may feel isolated and frustrated by their situation. In practical terms, they will need to re-learn many of the everyday tasks they once took for granted. Today, on World Sight Day, I'd like to urge people to think about how we can best support ex-Service men and women who lose their sight, whether in combat or later life.

DVD: Blind Loves (PG)

In his documentary feature debut, Juraj Lehotsky reminds us what true love is.

Credo: Mark Pollock

Blind adventurer, 32

Blind masseurs protest at sighted competition

South Korea's 7,000-strong sightless army takes to street to protect their livelihoods

GB youngster stuns the Water Cube

Great Britain’s youngest Paralympian Eleanor Simmonds sent a shockwave through the National Aquatics Centre with a stunning and inspirational victory in here today. The 13-year-old's sensational performance was the catalyst for a successful evening at the Water Cube, with David Roberts taking gold, Heather Frederiksen and Louise Watkin silver and Matt Walker bronze.

Issuing one-size dollar bills is unfair to the blind, US appeal court rules

The US government has been told to change the size or texture of its banknotes because it is difficult for blind people to tell them apart. A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that having all notes the same size and texture was unacceptable. The decision could force the Treasury to make bills of different sizes or print them with raised markings or other distinguishing features.

Cyberclinic: Why are blind people ignored by websites?

After last week's column about Captchas – the little visual tests that websites deploy alongside password requests to prove that you're human – reader Jo Franks pointed out how maddening they are for blind people. When I raised this issue on the Cyberclinic blog, Thomas Reid mentioned that a Captcha at blogcarnival.com in effect stops blind bloggers from joining in with their project. This obviously isn't a deliberate ploy. But it's far from unique.

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