Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

Interesting Objects: Rossini's Spanish jacket

Rossini wore the hazel-coloured jacket with golden buttons to the premiere of his comic opera The Barber Of Seville - but its appearance was not well-received by the audience

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The full stop is dying. Period

It is now deemed to be too serious, too stuffy and lacking in sincerity. It's now being replaced by exclamation marks or emoticos.