Donald MacInnes

Donald MacInnes writes Tales from the Water Cooler, which can be found every Saturday on page 2 of i. And, although a financial near-imbecile, he writes a weekly column in The Independent’s Money section, also on Saturdays. He writes regularly on a broad range of subjects in i’s Freeview section and occasionally fills in on Simon Kelner’s daily column when emotionally up to it. @DonaldAMacInnes

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Blurred Lines? Miley Cyrus twerks during her performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs.

Tales from the Water Cooler: My theory about TV censorship

Some things (like Blurred Lines) deserve to be censored. But leave TV alone

Alan Hansen

Tales from the Water Cooler: Alan Hansen's out? We need more tartan in the world of football

The Scots aren't crap at every aspect of our favourite sport

Cliff Morgan pictures in 1998

Tales from the Water Cooler: Cliff Morgan, a superlative stranger to self-aggrandisement

In such a week, when humanity’s most base traits again see us wobbling on the cusp of wider misery in the Middle East, it took the unremarkable death of an 83-year-old Welshman to remind us of a moment of timeless, uncontained delight.

Chinese news footage shows the dog barking inside the enclosure marked as 'African lion'

Tales from the Water Cooler: Chinese lion story is pure Python

Visitors to China’s Louhe zoo this week got a shock when the animal in the cage marked “African lion” barked at them, revealing itself to be, well, a dog, essentially. Seems the actual lion had been sent to a breeding centre, so staff stuck a Tibetan mastiff in the cage and hoped  no-one would notice. Genius.

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The star of 30 Rock has reshaped the comedy landscape over her career

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Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
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Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world