Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is deputy editor of the cross-party blog Speaker's Chair, and contributing editor of Shifting Grounds.

i Newspaper
 
TheIPaper
The Independent around the web

Soldier found dead at Thorney Island Army barracks

The death of a soldier at an Army barracks has prompted a police investigation although officers said there are no suspicious circumstances.

Tiny but feisty prehistoric wesserpeton amphibian discovered

A tiny but feisty species of amphibian that lived in the shadows of dinosaurs has been discovered by scientists.

Woolwich: Morrisons supermarket worker suspended for wearing poppy in tribute to Lee Rigby

A supermarket worker has been suspended for wearing a Help for Heroes bracelet and a poppy in tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby.

Fatboy Slim plays the House of Commons for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation in London, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fatboy Slim to headline at Bestival's 10th anniversary

Fatboy Slim has been announced as the final headliner for Bestival's 10th anniversary event.

This year revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival were unable to negotiate the muddy conditions in their cars

Isle of Wight Festival organisers make 'major improvements' to roads following last year's mudbath

Music-lovers need not fear bad weather at this year's Isle of Wight Festival following major improvements to the access routes to the site, according to the promoter.

Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to researchers at the University of Portsmouth

Use reflexology to complement drugs in pain treatment, survey findings suggest

Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to a new scientific survey.

An ancient gold ring, believed to have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit, which is to have its own exhibition for the first time.

So bright, so beautiful... precious! Cursed ring thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien on display

An ancient gold ring which is believed to have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit is to have its own exhibition for the first time.

Amazing CCTV footage shows massive blast as raiders hit petrol forecourt cash machine

Police have arrested a man in connection with a raid in which a petrol station cashpoint machine was blown open by thieves.

A police pulls a car over as part of a drive to inform motorists of the risk of using a phone while driving

I wasn't making mobile call, driver told police. I was only using the internet...

Motorists caught driving while using their mobile phones have blamed "ranting" ex-wives, over-zealous bosses and even childbirth for their offending behaviour, according to police.

Beautiful people are seen as good looking even if they distort their faces into grimaces of disgust, surprise, fear or anger - or that's the theory. Judge for yourself with Pink, Bill Clinton, And Murray and Mila Kunis

Does real beauty even shine through a grimace?

Or doesn't even a smile help unattractive people? Portsmouth university researchers say they have found the answer

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little