John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at King's College, London, and at Queen Mary University of London. Author of Listellany, Questions To Which The Answer Is No and The Banned List. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

The Top Ten: Idioms from other languages

This one was John Peters' idea. He nominated 'To sleep like a dead pig' (Chinese). In Wales they say, 'Mae'n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn' – 'It is raining old women and sticks,' says David Banks. These are my favourites…

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The Top Ten: Anachronistic skeuomorphs

This one was Andrew Denny's idea. A skeuomorph is an artefact that imitates the design of a similar thing made from another material, such as a pottery box made to look like a wicker basket. In computing, it means a symbol that mimics a physical object, often an old-fashioned one