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Disabled people shouldn't be forced to shop on the internet. The high street should be available and accessible to everyone

The Weekend's Viewing: subtitles are the modish accessory of the moment

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Stafford Hospital, where a healthcare assistant allegedly dragged an elderly patient by the collar

Stafford Hospital carer accused of dragging 73-year-old by collar

Four doctors and 10 nurses face misconduct hearings in wake of healthcare scandal  

Luol Deng wrote to the Prime Minister

Basketball wins Olympic funding reprieve

Table tennis, indoor volleyball, sitting volleyball and wrestling miss out

Ricky Gervais in Channel 4 show Derek

Ricky Gervais' Derek may be clumsy but he’s not cruel

Gervais claims the character in his controversial new sitcom isn't meant to be disabled - but how is he perceived?

Nice's drug-approval formula is flawed, warn researchers

The method used to assess which drugs should be recommended for widespread use on the NHS is “flawed”, researchers have said.

Mikaela Shiffrin won her third slalom of the season last week

The Last Word: This Mozart on skis has driven me to distraction

Snow only visits Britain so that we can have slush. For those who yearn for the Alpine winter, the Gulf Stream releases the island from its dull, temperate grip in pure mockery. These boreal interludes ultimately work more painfully on the soul than on frostbitten fingers, blistering it in disillusion. And this bittersweet, nostalgic quality to every British snowflake is why they must never change the theme music on Ski Sunday.

Page 3 Profile: Stephen Hawking, physicist

Another incredible discovery for the world famous scientist?

Paralympians 'should have received more honours', says former sports minister as row over 'double standards' escalates

Comments follow the revelations in the Independent on Sunday that leading Paralympians were disappointed at what they called the double standards

The International Contergan Thalidomide Alliance attends a protest outside the German embassy in London in 2008

Thalidomide scandal: Twenty cases identified in past five years

Fifty years after the world was shocked by the thalidomide scandal, survivors are still being identified in Britain.

James Moore: Just the ticket? These watchdogs are a no-show

Outlook Talking of regulators and monopolies, with the weekend fast approaching many people will be finalising plans to take in a show, or a concert, or maybe a theatre production.

Cameron (pictured with his wife Suzy Amis) claims he came up with the idea when he was a small boy

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Review

Stewie takes on his evil half-brother Bertram in Heavy Iron Studios’ warped cartoon shooter.

So Atos are happy to test disabled people, but not so willing to evacuate them during a fire alarm

As the Atos boss is rewarded a £1million bonus, a man Parkinson’s disease was left behind during a fire alarm.

Enough tokenism. Show us some disabled superheroes for kids to look up to

Peppa Pig with a walking frame? It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities and time children’s TV heroes spoke to a vital demographic of young viewers.

Centres 'unfit for work'

One in four centres run by the firm carrying out the controversial "fit for work" assessments for the sick and disabled lacks disabled access, MPs were told yesterday.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'