David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007

Four directions home for Becks

When David Beckham announced that he's to leave the reigning MLS champions LA Galaxy for new climes, speculation was soon rife about the next stop in the Beckham roadshow. We thought we'd help Beckham with his decision with a compass point-friendly guide to potential new clubs. David, you're welcome:

Weeds grow on the grounds of the Walthamstow greyhound dog racing stadium, which was closed in 2008

Going to the dogs! Duncan Smith blasts Johnson over Walthamstow track decision

Iain Duncan Smith delivered a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership aspirations after the London Mayor approved a scheme to turn the Walthamstow dog track in east London into flats.

EDL protesters clash with police at a demonstration in Bristol last month

Minister agrees to ban on London EDL marches

A series of marches by a right-wing group has been banned amid fears of violence on the streets.

Chelsea Bland, 15 (with the yellow belt) and her Tae Kwon Do class in Leytonstone, east London

Minor sports are alive and kicking as the Jade Jones effect spreads

A post-Olympic buzz boosts clubs across Britain, as Charlie Cooper discovers

Team GB's taekwondo competitor Lutalo Muhammad

Taekwondo: Team GB's Lutalo Muhammad faced hate campaign in run up to Games

A Team GB taekwondo competitor who claimed victory instead of world number one Aaron Cook has said he received hate mail while preparing for the Olympics.

Taekwondo: Lutalo Muhammad keen to prove critics wrong after controversial omission of Aaron Cook for Team GB

Lutalo Muhammad is keen to make his own impression in the taekwondo tomorrow. To many, he is known only as the anti-Aaron Cook, the man who took the place that ought to have belonged to the world No 1. But despite the fierce disagreement between Cook and GB Taekwondo, Muhammad wants to show that he is an Olympian in his own right, and not just by default.

Jane Merrick: The Emperor's New Clothes (29/07/12)

They are designed to soothe, but a neighbour's wind chimes have got our writer running for the scissors

John Percival: Dance critic for ‘The Independent’

The dance critic John Percival belonged to a generation which, in the 1950s, persuaded newspapers to employ specialist writers rather than making do with music critics. Before joining The Independent (1997-2002), he had been The Times' critic for 32 years. He was a familiarly tall silhouette at performances, always there because he had an exceptional receptiveness to dance of any creed and faithfully fulfilled the critic's duty to be well informed. Where others might flag after a few weeks of non-stop performances, he was invariably hungry for more.

Kay Ford was seen on time despite day of strikes

BMA strike: They expected chaos – but waiting times were shorter

Some predicted that the doctors' absence would cause "chaos". But despite cancelled appointments and fears that the strike would cause a backlog, most patients questioned by The Independent yesterday said that, if anything, queues and waiting times were shorter.

The poetry of being an estate agent

The Walthamstow Poetry Trail shows that stanzas have their place in shop windows

Riots PC denies assault charge

A Metropolitan Police officer has denied assaulting a black teenager who was in custody. Constable Joseph Harrington, 28, pleaded not guilty at Westminster magistrates' court, London, to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Waltham Forest council scraps plans to relocate residents to Walsall

The policy of rehousing people hundreds of miles away from their homes to deal with housing benefit caps has been scrapped in one north London borough.

Mother convicted of manslaughter

A mother has been found guilty of having her 13-year-old daughter's boyfriend fatally attacked and then persuading her to take the blame.

Mr Gove’s drive to promote academies and free schools helped prompt NUT strike demands this Easter

Turn our schools into academies and we'll strike, teachers warn

Teachers called yesterday for strike action against schools planning to convert to academies.

Turn our schools into academies and we'll strike, teachers warn

Union delegates fear Government's desire to promote academies is 'just about privatisation'

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Lost without a trace

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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Russia's gulag museum

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable