Target Practice: Britain’s Medal Hits & Misses

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Target practice: Britain’s medal hits and misses UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee’s “ambitious” goal of 48 medals and fourth place for Team GB now seems to be an underestimate. Even with the poor performance in swimming events, Great Britain have managed to turn a medal deficit into a total gold surplus. With 59 medals in the bag so …

Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France wins to be ‘obliterated’

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Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France wins to be ‘obliterated’ Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France record should be “obliterated”, says the head of the World Anti-Doping Alliance, John Fahey. But does Wada have the power to do so? Mr Fahey’s comments came as Lance Armstrong announced that he would no longer contest charges brought against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency …

Ian McEwan: a master of the spy genre?

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Ian McEwan: a master of the spy genre? McEwan is fulsome in his thanks to David Cornwell (Le Carré’s real name) for “irresistible reminiscences” in his acknowledgements, rounding off a list of background reading that includes Stella Rimington’s autobiography and the now (in)famous Spycatcher. However, unlike Fleming and Le Carré, McEwan admits that he does not have the James Bond …

Are UK Journalists The Best At Digital News?

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Are UK journalists the best at digital news? Not since Tim Berners-Lee gave the internet away and Jony Ive designed Apple’s iconic iMac and iPod have the British been at the forefront of digital innovation. Thompson, who as BBC director-general oversaw the introduction of the iPlayer and its ongoing development, is thought to be an expert in managing the sprawling …

Compare and contrast: London riots one year on

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Compare and contrast: London riots one year on Tottenham Tottenham High Road was labelled a “war zone” after cars and buses were set alight on the Saturday (6 August 2011) after Mark Duggan was shot on Thursday 4 August. The 1930s Art Deco home of Allied Carpets was razed to the ground (below), but CEO Lord Harris (of Peckham) has …

Alternative Olympics Medals Table

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Medals or debt? Sporting excellence or freedom? Use the Channel 4 News alternative medals table to see how the Olympics look when politics and economics are factored into the athletics. As the world’s sporting elite compete for medals at London 2012, our alternative table shows you how Olympic nations compare once the hurdles become social, economic and environmental. How to …

Insurance premiums set to rise in areas hit by flash floods

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Insurance premiums set to rise in areas hit by flash floods With thousands of homes devastated by freak flooding during what has been the wettest quarter on record, many homeowners face increased insurance costs in the future. But the people now clearing up may not be the only ones finding it hard to get cover by next year. The Association …