Fire Minister Brandon Lewis probably had a fair idea what Sir Ken Knight would deliver when he asked him to conduct an "independent" report into fire and rescue services in England.
As LGBT activists worldwide celebrate anti-homophobia day we are reminded of prevailing prejudice
THREE out-of-shape Britons will take on 30ft Hawaiian waves and some of the world's top surfers in a contest they entered as a joke.
Brief news from the sporting world.
UEFA CUP: Champions League evictees Everton face the mammoth task of needing to overturn a four-goal deficit at home to Romanian outfit Dynamo Bucharest tonight.
HOUSEMAN examines today's Newmarket card.
SCOTLAND manager Walter Smith was dealt a major blow yesterday, when Wolves defender Jackie McNamara was ruled out of next month's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Slovenia.
BRIGHTON chairman Dick Knight thanked the club's supporters yesterday for a fantastic turn-out at Monday night's march and then urged the government not to let their pleas for a new stadium fall on deaf ears.
HOUSEMAN pontificates on today's racecards.
LIVERPOOL have been the only club to rattle Chelsea over the last 18 months and, tonight, the Reds hope to keep the upper hand when the pair meet again at Anfield in the Champions League group stage.