Chloe Hamilton

Chloe is a writer for The Independent, i, Independent on Sunday, Independent Online and the Evening Standard.

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British country duo Ward Thomas

Ward Thomas, Islington Assembly Hall, review: The twins trying to make country music cool

The tunes might be catchy and the lyrics endearing, but I suspect the sisters have a way to go before they win over Taylor Swift's fans

Inside the new and improved Harry Potter tour

The Platform 9 ¾ expansion includes the original Hogwarts Express train

Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

The six best cinema hotels in the world

From Manhattan to Stockholm, hotels for film fans

Valentine's Day: how the other half celebrate

Including a pool filled with bubbly, a private helicopter, a bath of oysters, customisable room scents and a keepsake glass slipper

Google Translate app: will it break down language barriers on holiday?

Putting it to the test: It’s hard to believe the app isn’t operated by magic

Blue Monday: the best travel deals

From Miami to Prague, banish the January blues with these offers

NASA releases vintage style travel posters for newly found planets

One poster claims Kepler-16b, which has been described as similar to the fictional Star Wars planet of “Tatooine”, is the perfect place to relax

A family enjoys a hearty Christmas dinner

Don’t like my family’s Christmas rituals? Well tough!

From the games we play to the food we eat, we all have our festive idiosyncrasies. And they’re what make us who we are

Best Christmas markets in Europe: Mulled wine, smoked sausage and handmade gifts

From Berlin to Birmingham, the festive season is upon us

The length of my skirt is none of your business

As a society we focus so intently on what a woman is (or isn’t) wearing, we lose sight of triumphs beyond the dressing room

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Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
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'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
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Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
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Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
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Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
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Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future