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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Alain de Botton's The News: A User's Manual, book review: 'Simplistic and ultimately flawed'

Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Is masculinity in crisis?

As a ground-breaking festival devoted to men opens, Archie Bland asks psychologists, teachers and thinkers about what it means to be male in 2014, and what the future holds

The situation is made still worse when so many politicians effectively
have a job for life: Stella Creasy, Louise Mensch and Luciana Berger

Sexism in Parliament: Where are all the women - and how can Westminster change Britain when it can't change itself?

Westminster makes laws on employment and discrimination, but practises appalling inequality and rampant sexism in its own workplace

Nature study: Cambridge’s finest in their party outfits

Student politics: Where are all the activists? Making jokes in the bar

Gone are the days when undergraduates protested and campaigned – now they black up and don fancy dress

Fan's Eye View: Don't panic over departure of Nicola Cortese, Southampton have been here before – last year

It's not that the decision came as a total surprise; the writing had been on the wall for a while. It's not even that you could blame Nicola Cortese for making it, really. And Southampton is not so precarious a club, these days, that the departure of a single man can tear it apart. It's just the sense that everyone was caught on the hop, that a process that might have been presented as an orderly transition had it been delayed until the end of the season, thereby keeping everybody reasonably focused and calm, instead felt like an invitation to panic. And just when things were going so well. I see your reasoning, Nicola, but why did it have to come so totally out of the blue? Why did you have to sack Nigel Adkins in the middle of the January transfer window?

Legal challenge: Mark Duggan’s aunt, Carole (front), with other family members outside the High Court in London last week

Mark Duggan inquest: A perplexing verdict can still be a right one

Jurors based their decision on three months' evidence. The Duggans are entitled to disagree, but not to abuse them

Jamie Baker's break point: A tennis nomad exits the planet’s cruellest sport

On an obscure tennis court just outside Athens in May last year, Jamie Baker stared at the 19-year-old Canadian kid winding up his serve on the other side of the net, and asked himself what the point was. The match was five minutes in, and Filip Peliwo, the number one junior player in the world in 2012, was pumped. It didn’t matter that this was a crappy tournament thousands of miles from home; it didn’t matter that, win or lose, the prize money would be pitiful; it didn’t matter that no one was watching. There were ranking points at stake, and the more of them he could amass, the fewer tournaments like this he would have to play in the future. Peliwo was hungry.

Gay people play no obvious part in the beautiful game

To tackle homophobia in football, more top players must follow Thomas Hitzlsperger and come out

As it is, gay people play no obvious part in the beautiful game

No way out: If a life term “must mean life”, atonement and redemption are impossible

Crime and punishment: Why throwing away the key doesn't work

It is not liberal weediness to baulk at whole-life sentences. It's knowing that, without a hairline of hope, those in prison become more dangerous

Prince William the visiting scholar: Nice university course if you can get it

Perhaps his father’s role might have played a part in the decision to invent an entirely new course

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam