Chris Blackhurst

Group Content Editor of The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard - and former Editor of The Independent.

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American magician David Blaine (pictured) kept Chris Blackhurst spellbound during a show this week

David Blaine interview: Just how does he do it?

Chris Blackhurst hoped that a close encounter with David Blaine would reveal the secrets behind the magician’s tricks. The evening left him in awe – but none the wiser

Chris Blackhurst: Which?, the vibrant consumer body, is on the side of 'good business', says its chief executive – whoever's in charge at Westminster next year

Midweek View: In other words, Mr Miliband, it's not there to be bandied about as a Labour election accessory, so hands off
Mark and Mo Constantine

Look out, Amazon! Online shopping giant feels the wrath of Mark and Mo Constantine - the husband-and-wife team behind cosmetics chain Lush

The team who made a fortune out of their products without compromising their ethics have a new enemy in their sights

Branson: Behind the Mask by Tom Bower, book review: Is Sir Richard a buccaneering tycoon or the business world's Blofeld?

Ask anyone to name our best-known businessman and the chances are they will say Richard Branson.

Chris Blackhurst: By buying the line that investment bankers rule the world and must be paid accordingly, Barclays may well become the 'Go From' bank

Midweek View: The Go To bank? Go to for what? A queue? Empty seats behind the glass? A machine that doesn't work?

Chris Blackhurst: The City may sneer at Barclays boss waiving a £2.7m bonus, but Antony Jenkins is the one in tune with the public's mood

Midweek View: Nobody knows what the future will bring. To write off millions in the hand is a brave call

While men are in charge, gender quotas are the only way to increase the number of women in boardrooms

Chairmen pay lip service to women’s demands, but, once they are out of earshot, will revert to their traditional sexism

Chris Blackhurst: Labour's magnificent seven will not make any difference to high street banking, Ed Miliband is merely showboating

As they will have no track record to speak of, they will find it harder to raise capital to fund their activities
Ed Miliband said the Labour Party had become ‘the champion of competition’

More banks, Ed? Not your best idea

Miliband’s plan to take five and make it into seven fails to tackle the route of the banking problem

Leonardo diCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in 'The Wolf of Wall Street', the disgraced trader who made obscene amounts of money during the boom years

Chris Blackhurst: Time to toast their good luck? With so many possible takeover deals on the table, bankers can almost smell those massive bonuses

Any hope the City has learned much from the past five years will surely be dashed as the bonus season takes hold

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The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone