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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Should we be scared of flying?

If you weren't afraid of flying before last week... you probably are now

Safety statistics are no match for a plane crash's power to disturb
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'

Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

Fabien Riggall’s cult movie events aim to offer audiences a fully immersive experience. But have they lost their magic?
There is a battle to show those who seek out images that they are not anonymous

Can paedophiles be good people? We flinch, but there are varying degrees

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial

Some friendly advice – when it comes to friendship, seek out the blunt misfit rather than your carbon copy

Friends are there to make us feel less lonely; if they didn’t reassure us that there were others out there like us, what would be the point?

Pitch perfect: Katherine Jenkins at the creative industry reception at the Foreign Office

Why won't the Tories tell us who their best friends are?

They held two parties last week. Nothing intriguing about the first, but the second...
(From right) Adrian Chiles holds court with Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Martin O’Neill as ‘plucky’ ITV tries to pull off a shock against the BBC at the World Cup

Archie Bland on World Cup 2014: You don’t get 'plucky' teams where the pundits have heard of all the players

Algeria were not ‘plucky’ losers in Brazil only to be patronised by the likes of Adrian Chiles – that extra-time defeat would have hurt

Claudio Marchisio is shown a straight red card during Italy's World Cup Group D clash with Uruguay

Watching the Azzurri go out – in Italy – softened the blow of our early World Cup exit

Football does the same dumb things to people all over the world

Sullivan has suggested accused should be shielded
from public scrutiny only until the conclusion of an initial investigation

Anonymity in rape cases is not the right issue for debate

As the prosecution rates are so low, we should focus on the real victims – and they aren’t men

Margaret Thatcher with her biographer Charles Moore in 1995

Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty: Iron Lady’s worshippers laud the past and lament the present

Archie Bland joins the right-wing crowd at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty – and finds little support for David Cameron

Jürgen Klinsmann and his US team were almost as happy as me that they beat Ghana with a late winner on Monday night

Archie Bland on World Cup 2014: USA v Ghana was good...

...but nothing like getting one over my mates by predicting the score

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