James Legge

James Legge is an online writer for The Independent

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York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive

Breaking the chains on high streets: A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide

First Liverpool, then Birmingham for movement that helps customers track down local traders with special offers for its members

Maria Miller resigns: Cabinet replacements Sajid Javid and Nicky Morgan have controversial pasts

Newly rid of one ministerial headache after Maria Miller's resignation, David Cameron may find his new cabinet members' recent pasts throw up a few controversies of their own.

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed

Ukraine crisis: David Cameron attacks Crimea vote 'under barrel of a Kalashnikov'

David Cameron warned Russia today that it faces international isolation and tighter sanctions unless Moscow takes steps to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Postcard from... Nowa Huta

The 20th century still looms large in Poland, and particularly in Nowa Huta. The eastern suburb of Krakow was built almost from scratch at Stalin’s behest by Poland’s communist government shortly after the Second world War, and is still home to more than 100,000 residents. The area – whose name means “New Steelworks” in Polish – was built as a sort of communised utopia for the city’s workers.

Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa

Oscar Pistorius trial: Where is he now? One year on from Valentine's Day tragedy

As the athlete releases 'a few words' in memory of Reeva Steenkamp today, we look back at his life since the alleged murder took place

Samuel L. Jackson: He's not Laurence Fishburne

'I'm not Laurence Fishburne!' Samuel L. Jackson vents at TV presenter who confused actors

He's not Laurence Fishburne. Or Morgan Freeman, apparently

Super Bowl 2014: A beginner's guide

Everything you need to know as a Super Bowl virgin

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is facing extra charges believed to relate to shootings from open-top car and at restaurant before Reeva Steenkamp death
Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Former government contractor could join President Obama, Henry Kissinger and Nelson Mandela in historic list

A man was found dead and hanging from the

Ukraine protests: Man found dead hanging in Kiev's Independence Square

The metal 'tree' has become a symbol of resistance during Ukraine's recent unrest

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit