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Stuck upside-down, covered in vomit, on acid: your rollercoaster horror stories

After a summer full of theme-park mishaps, you told us your worst experiences. And they are horrifying<p>They call them “amusement parks”, but this summer has been full of extremely stressful and tragic loop-de-loops gone bad – all as some of the biggest and most frightening rollercoasters on Earth …

The Fake Sheikh and me: Tulisa talks

It's the end of the day at the end of a week that Tulisa Contostavlos hopes she never has to go through again. She sits down, and exhales like a slow puncture. "I've had to stay silent for a year," she says. "I've had to sit back and look like the bad guy, while my whole life was ripped apart."<p>In …

My out-of-body experience

I t was 7.42 pm, on a wet Tuesday evening. My wife was about to return after two days away. I was uncomfortably aware, however, that the kitchen was strewn with breakfast things, and the wall was decorated with soup. I was desperately cleaning.<p>My wife called. She wasn’t going to be home for half an …

Rog On Picking A Premier League Team

I am fascinated by how American Premier League fans identify a rooting interest. Free of such obligations as a “local” team to support, the stories …

2 million young adults in England still living with parents, says Shelter

Nearly 2 million working young adults aged between 20 and 34 years old in England are still living with their parents according to Shelter, which is urging stronger action to help the "clipped wing generation" fly the nest.<p>Analysis of data from the last census showed that there were 1.97 million …

The GoPro strapped to a speeding car – and a history of psychedelic art

It's a whirling abstract spiralling vortex of colour – but is it art?<p>Ryan Fox attached a GoPro camera to a car wheel and drove around with spectacular results. His video, made for a class at the University of Wisconsin, would surely have intrigued such early 20th-century avant garde artists as …

Qatar World Cup stadium workers earn as little as 45p an hour

Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 45p an hour, the Guardian can reveal.<p>The pay rate appears to be in breach of the tournament organisers' own worker welfare rules and comes despite the Gulf kingdom spending £134bn on infrastructure …

Reading American cities: New York in books

In our new summer series, Charlotte Jones collates the perfect literary companions for four US city breaks. This week, the metropolis that has inspired writers from John Dos Passos to Don DeLillo<p>From the "gilded age" of Edith Wharton and Henry James to the rhythms of the Harlem Renaissance and Beat …

Trapped in Qatar: the migrants who helped build the 'tower of football'

Every night as Ram, Kamal and Krishna take off their boots outside their cramped rooms, they can see the shimmering silhouette of Qatar’s “Aspire” football complex.<p>Under its glowing domes, handpicked Qatari youths are drilled in preparation to play at the 2022 World Cup. The boys wear the latest …

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

The pop-star Lana Del Rey denied this week that she had “slept her way to the top”. This was the patient response to an interviewer’s question about …

Lana Del Rey

Russian media say we've all got it wrong on flight 17

While the world waits for answers surrounding the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the lives of the 298 people on board, the Russian media has taken matters into its own hands.<p>Evgeny Popov, host of a weekly news roundup program on Russia One, one of Russia's three state-controlled …

Despite recent events in Ukraine and Israel, flying over hot spots is business as usual

Airliners flying around the world pass over conflict zones regularly. But the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 last week has put that routine under the microscope.<p>And some are suggesting the crash also played a role in the US FAA ordering American airlines to supend flights on Tuesday to Tel …

Companies are tapping into a desire by some tourists to get up close and personal with war zones

Over the past year, groups of curious onlookers have gathered in the Golan Heights to peer across the Israeli-Syrian border at rumbling tanks and mortar rounds being fired in the Syrian civil war.<p>War tourism isn’t a new phenomenon, but according to Tel Aviv-based freelance journalist Debra Kamin, …

Tim Vickery Column: Brazil may want to look further afield in order to regain reputation

A depressing flashback, from seven years ago.<p>Brazil have just won the 2007 Copa America. They beat Argentina 3-0 in the final in Maracaibo, …

Brazil To Name Dunga As Head Coach? & Premier League Transfers :Soccer Morning

English Premier League

In 100 days since the mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of the girls' parents have died

The agony continues for the families of 219 missing schoolgirls in Nigeria.<p>It has now been 100 days since the girls were abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram.<p>Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan marked the occasion by meeting with some of the girls' relatives today. The kidnapping has been an …

Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

A lot of news these days comes from, or is about, Twitter. Entertainment magazines and shows seem to be entirely dependant on celebrity Tweets, like those fish that feed on the random things that fall out of a sharks mouth.<p>It's not all random utterances and spats though. Time magazine recently ran …

Frank Lampard under fire from New Yorkers for 9/11 insensitivity

New Yorkers reminded of former Chelsea player’s crass behaviour by one of city’s main newspapers ahead of imminent move to its new Major League Soccer club<p>Frank Lampard may receive a less than warm welcome if his expected move to New York City FC goes ahead, after one of the city’s main newspapers …

Ashley Cole's first Roma interview

AS Roma

How the occupation of Gaza corrupts the occupier

As CNN’s Diana Magnay reported on the bombs falling on Palestinian heads from Sderot on the Israel-Gaza border last week, a crowd of Israelis whooped and cheered. Watching the missiles and explosions light up the sky was, Magnay declared on-air, “an astonishing, macabre and awful thing”, but these …

The unforgettable sea of blue and white

Around me, Brazilian football has moved on. The local first division resumed on Wednesday, just three days after the World Cup final. And it is a …

Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.<p>More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.<p>The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns …