Chris Maume

Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.

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On this day 1504: Michaelangelo's David unveiled in Florence

Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence 509 years ago today.

Wombles creator Mike Batt was asked about life after a big success

Radio review: Darkside; How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love My Albatross

As a Seventies teenager I was rather put off Pink Floyd's classic album The Dark Side of the Moon by over-exposure – for about five years it was not possible to go to a party at which it wasn't played at least once. But as an atmospheric exploration of the human condition it deserves its status as one of the greatest LPs of all time, and Tom Stoppard makes a great go-to guy to celebrate its Big 4-0.

The subjects of Sara Cox’s Girls on Film were open and articulate

Radio review: Radio 1 Stories, Girls on Film - The adult industry's OK, but not in front of the parents

Personally, I'd say that the biggest obstacle to my working in the adult entertainment industry would be telling my mum, "I'm, er, giving up journalism, to go into ...." No, I just couldn't do it.

Voice of a generation: Lucy Hawking looks at the legacy of speech synthesis

Radio review: Lucy Kellaway's History of Office Life - Not safe for work... women and phones, apparently

Janet Hogarth graduated with a First in philosophy from Oxford in the 1890s and became the Bank of England's first female employee. She was given the task of counting cancelled bank notes – a job which entailed six months' training (learning to count, presumably). She eventually moved on, she wrote, "dying of boredom", and worked on Encyclopaedia Brittanica.

Junior Just a Minute: Radio 4's panel game has been given a youthful new makeover

Venerated host, Nicholas Parsons may be pushing 90, but the panelists on his legendary radio show just keep getting younger and younger

Mishal Husain will join presenters on BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Mishal Husain is joining the Today programme - but does it need a more radical overhaul?

If the job was in my gift I’d probably go gender-blind and hire Eddie Mair

Roger Cordrey, Bruce Reynolds (centre) and Buster Edwards in 1979

Radio review: Archive on 4 - now we know how to make a train robbery 'great'

I wonder who first applied the adjective “great” to the term “train robbery”? A sub-editor on the Mirror or Express, I imagine. He or she might well have intended it to describe size rather than worth, but it’s a sign of how we remain titillated by the events of half a century ago.

Good on you Jeremy Paxman – but it’s not just toughness that makes a good quiz question

The titan of University Challenge reckons it’s time the BBC stopped treating audiences like idiots

United front: Derry punk band, the Undertones, back in 1981

Radio review: Radio 1's Stories - Derry does harmony, but the undertones remain

The Undertones have earned a place in the history of Derry, so when a piece of music was sought with the aim of presenting a harmonious front to the world there was only one choice. Bring on the fiddles, the bodhrans and the pipe-band snare drums and let “Teenage Kicks” begin ....

Robert Winston: 'Music of language means more than the words'

Radio review: The Science of Music - The strange case of the singing Neanderthals

Music is more than mere entertainment, that much is clear. And I don't just mean that for every bit of fluff by Jedward or Psy there's a masterpiece by Janacek or Sibelius. It's more that music goes deep inside us, literally.

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Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
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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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