Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.
09 July 2013 02:41 PM
The titan of University Challenge reckons it’s time the BBC stopped treating audiences like idiots
25 May 2013 06:00 PM
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 ....
18 May 2013 08:15 PM
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.
11 May 2013 07:10 PM
There were numerous strategies open to Robyn Steward for living with Asperger's syndrome. She decided on hers at an early age. "I wanted to be like Pink Floyd … and go on tours and stuff." And that's exactly what she has done, developing what is effectively an autism roadshow, giving us "neurotypicals" an insight into life on the spectrum.
22 April 2013 12:01 AM
After he had sanctioned six Indian players in 2001, his effigy was burned in the streets
31 March 2013 12:00 AM
As an average kind of bloke, I must admit I'm massively conflicted about high heels. Aesthetically – and, well, hormonally – I love 'em, but when I see someone tottering along like a drunkard I'm all too aware of the stiletto tyranny. Bound feet always come to mind, especially when I hear of women having toes shortened – or even removed – in order to wear them in comfort.
23 March 2013 08:00 PM
In the world of fantasy sci-fi, Neil Gaiman is a big shot. His Sandman graphic novel series is, by all accounts, a classic of the genre. (Disclaimer: the last fantasy I read was set in Narnia, so I'm no expert.)
16 March 2013 07:15 PM
Seeing David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust doing "Starman" on Top of the Pops in 1972 was one of those moments when it felt as though, in some intangible way, life had changed forever. And countless thousands of teenagers up and down the country clearly shared my experience.
12 March 2013 12:00 AM
In all his years of covering football for the BBC, Tony Gubba was never given the really big games, and he won't be remembered for one great phrase, but he could be relied on to turn in an impeccable shift. In four decades he rarely put a foot wrong, either in the commentary box or in front of the camera. His career took a late lurch into left-field in 2006 when he signed up to Dancing on Ice, becoming something of a cult figure in the process.
09 March 2013 08:00 PM
Betty Friedan's landmark book The Feminine Mystique came out 50 years ago, and although there's plenty of legislation in place that addresses issues of gender equality, on the ground, as it were, it sometimes seems little has changed, and this new hypersexualised world of ours doesn't seem to have done much to advance women's rights.
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow