Joseph Charlton

Joseph Charlton is Media Advisor to Evgeny Lebedev and a comment writer for The Independent.

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A watch-tower is seen behind barbed wire fence at the green-border near the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point between Bulgaria and Turkey

Fear of Vladimir Putin, Islamists and immigration see new iron curtains constructed once again across Europe

All over Eastern Europe – from Ukraine, to Poland, to Bulgaria – Soviet-style 'iron curtains' are celebrating a renaissance

Adam Thirlwell: an editor with subversive tendencies

Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell, book review: Still the next big thing

What Lurid & Cute lacks in plot, it often makes up for with stylistic brio

Evgeny Lebedev and Boris Johnson bedding down

Homeless Veterans appeal: London Mayor Boris Johnson sleeps rough to support our campaign

London Mayor and ‘The Independent’ owner Evgeny Lebedev spend a night on the streets to draw attention to campaign

The Knife review: Cutting-edge duo go out on a high

How do you kiss goodbye to 15 years of challenging, divisive sui generis electronica?

John Lynch and Gillian Anderson in The Fall

The Fall, BBC 2, TV review: Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson are brilliant, but this Northern Irish noir still dehumanises women

Cue the controversy, the critics, and the return of some righteous indignation

The duo's Channel 4 satire on modern policing, Babylon

Babylon, Channel 4 - review: A dizzying and sometimes incoherent comedy-drama

Babylon doesn’t appear to know what it really wants to be at the moment, all the best of luck to it

The trench connection: Graham Iles, William Iles, Pauline Wallace and Emma Sutton, relatives of young soldiers who fought in the First World War, featured in 'Teenage Tommies'

Teenage Tommies, BBC2 - TV review: The shocking tale of how Britain's boy soldiers were killed by their own side

If you're going to lay it on thick, a centenary Remembrance Day is not a bad time to do so. Replete with moving letters from the trenches, gut-wrenching stories of bereaved families, and a sentimental orchestral score, Teenage Tommies (BBC2) retold the stories of five adolescents sent over the top during the Great War.

Bette Midler: the Divine Miss M (BBC2)

Bette Midler: the Divine Miss M, BBC2 - TV review: Another promising series of Imagine...

Is the film too slavish to its subject? Probably. Is Midler worth it? Quite possibly

John Pasche (1970)

50 years of RCA design: David Bowie album covers, 'Big Brother' and Rolling Stones logos

Royal College of Art students have revolutionised graphic design. As a half century retrospective opens, they tell Joseph Charlton about creating works that captured the zeitgeist - and haggling with Mick Jagger

Nigel Farage on HIV: Why the Ukip leader's remarks may actively hinder treatment in the UK

One wonders what Farage's view of a 'quality' Britain would look like

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Why the cost of parenting has become so expensive

Why the cost of parenting has become so expensive

Today's pre-school child costs £35,000, according to Aviva. And that's but the tip of an iceberg, says DJ Taylor
Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US