Archie Bland

Archie Bland joined the Independent in 2008. After stints as foreign editor, Saturday editor and deputy editor, he was appointed as senior writer in 2013.

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Is there still a future for space tourism ... and will Stornoway be home to Europe's first spaceport?

A tiny airport on the Isle of Lewis is bidding to be Europe's first spaceport. But, given the events of last Friday’s Virgin Galactic crash, is it a workable idea? Archie Bland reports from the Outer Hebrides
Charm: the Raeburn is looking to attract the luxury traveller

The Raeburn, Edinburgh: Room service

A Georgian gem that beds you in like a local

Hunted: A stag lies dead on Jura, where David Cameron holidays and has himself stalked deer

Scottish independence vote: Cameron’s Scottish roots won’t help the ‘No’ brigade

Who does the PM think he’s talking to? An unwitting imperialist tone from Westminster plays right into the hands of the nationalists

Are we scared of death?

Ashya King: We must stop being cowardly about death

The five-year-old's story has made us confront the idea of terminal illness, in an age when we've lost the ability to discuss how we face our final days

A bodybuilding professor's guide to happiness: Meet Paul Dolan, a very scientific self-help guru

Paul Dolan is a world-leading thinker on the science of happiness. And he’s also a bodybuilder. He spends a day teaching Archie Bland how to get happy. (Pumping iron is not compulsory.)
David Cameron is likely to face fresh questions about his friendship with former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, recently cleared of charges relating to phone hacking, after it emerged that a retired police horse she was loaned by the Metropolitan Police was allegedly acquired by her partly for the Conservative leader’s use

The Establishment by Owen Jones, book review

In July 2011, Jeremy Clarkson used his column in the Sunday Times to answer the suggestion that there was something sleazy about the so-called ‘Chipping Norton set’, a circle of friends in Oxfordshire who happened to include in their number Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron.

Jeff Bezos (Amazon Fire Phone, 2014)

The model for a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

Every time a tech company has a new idea that it believes will rock our world, it rolls out the red carpet, pours the drinks, and bangs the drums... but doesn't tell us what it is
'A voice untroubled by time': Kate Bush

Suddenly everyone goes beserk about Kate Bush, and I’m the one left out...

A generational divide has cut a sharp swathe through the population

Islamic State's use of social media makes joining its ranks feel easy and fun

Where al-Qa'ida asked you to hide amongst your enemies, IS asks you to come and join your friends

What's the most meaningful response we could have to the murder of James Foley?

We should neither look at nor share the images of his death, but remember the pictures he took of others

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn