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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And me with Gerbrand van den Eeckhout’s 1657 group portrait...

Camera phones at the National Gallery stoke fears that technology is leaving us incapable of deep engagement with anything

Photography is now allowed at a collection that is visited six million times each year. But will the Great Masters make selfies look sillier than ever?
Hotel Secrets, Season 2: Miami (Featuring Richard E. Grant)

Hotel Secrets, TV review: There is something irresistibly childlike about Richard E Grant’s amusement at his surroundings

Richard E Grant’s preposterously funny hotel jaunt is well worth checking out

The Saints: Presented by Nuffield Theatre. Luke Barnes - Writer. Matthew Dunster - Director. Anna Fleischle - Designer

The Saints: Southampton Football Club’s stadium has been recreated as a pop-up theatre

For fans like me coming from out of town, the walk to Southampton Football Club’s stadium from the city’s train station is pretty familiar: up the hill, across the park, past the Premier Inn and down Northam Road until you find yourself in the throng of congregating fans.

Charm offensive: Boris Johnson’s air of pantomime bluster may not always be enough

The curse of personality politics: We love Boris Johnson only because he's good at wooing us...

... while Ed Miliband seems unable to avoid our disdain
The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn which has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

What is the distinction between doing something anti-Semitic and being an anti-Semite?

The world would be a better place if we admitted: you can do something bigoted without being a bigot

People walk through the entrance of the Tricycle Theatre in north London

The Tricycle Cinema’s refusal to host a Jewish Film Festival raises issues of immense complexity

When accusations of anti-Semitism are in the air, important distinctions are lost

Baroness Warsi resigned over the Government's position on the conflict in Gaza

The media's sexism towards Baroness Warsi can be measured by the ‘flounce’

Would their response have been the same if the baroness was a baron?

Service personnel at the candlelit vigil in Westminster Abbey

Lights Out for First World War Centenary: We can’t remember. We must not forget. So the lamps went out one more time

A memorial for something that we cannot remember, and must not forget

Brave new world: A 1957 vision of the family of the future playing games as the car drIves itself

Overtaken by events: how will we cope with the driverless car?

It may save lives, but most of us will draw in our breath sharply when it accelerates
Children of a bygone era

Kids these days aren't what they used to be — they're a lot better. So why the fuss?

Youth crime and teen pregnancy are both down, as well as smoking and drinking

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin