Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.
It would take something extraordinary for Simon Cowell to send his child to a state school - but extraordinary is exactly what we need
13 February 2014 02:23 PM
Education shouldn’t depend on the size of parental pockets
Shirley Temple: Child star who helped the US through the Depression and went to on serve two stints as an ambassador
12 February 2014 12:00 AM
America needed Shirley Temple. In the grip of the Depression, the dimpled, curly-haired child star sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into audiences' hearts. "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right," President Roosevelt declared. "When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time during this Depression, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles."
06 February 2014 03:10 PM
He’s not the only footballer in the catering business, but he might be the most upmarket. Compare, for instance, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs's 'Football Cafe' project
Gerd Albrecht: Conductor who became a champion of new music but found himself under fire in the Czech Republic
05 February 2014 12:00 AM
Gerd Albrecht was a German conductor who led orchestras in the Czech Republic, Japan and Denmark and worked to bring music to children. He was a champion in particular of contemporary music, notably the works of Krzysztof Penderecki and Gyorgy Ligeti.
Maximilian Schell: Actor who specialised in roles exploring Nazi era and its legacy and won an Oscar for ‘Judgment in Nuremberg’
02 February 2014 06:29 PM
The winner of the 1961 Academy Award for best actor passed away aged 83
Who would favour 45-week school terms? Tory strategists, clearly - but anyone with children ought to think twice
30 January 2014 02:27 PM
My nine-year-old daughter was horror-struck
Ruth Duccini: Actress who became the second-last survivor of the 124 Munchkins in the 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz'
28 January 2014 12:00 AM
Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.
23 January 2014 01:31 PM
Perhaps parent-teacher evenings should, where appropriate, be as much about the parents as about the children
21 January 2014 12:00 AM
Sometimes, the media reports the death of a public figure – or even a private one – when he or she is very much alive. Obits editor Chris Maume explains how it happens
17 January 2014 07:00 PM
A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
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- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands