Josh Barrie

Josh Barrie is a freelance journalist and writer

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Cornish delight: golden, delicious and fresh from the oven

Cornish pasty sales are at £300m a year in Britain and rising

Josh Barrie looks at the nostalgic appeal of the British holiday favourite and how its authenticity – from filling to crimp – is being carefully preserved

Perhaps a film is needed to show the real victims of payday lenders like Wonga

Is Wonga simply trying to deflect accusations and whitewash its true colours?

Plenty more Cornish soles in the sea: Megrim is abundant in Cornwall’s surrounding waters

Cornish megrim sole - a fish that only a mother could love?

It may be no oil painting, but Cornish megrim sole is cheap, tasty, very sustainable – and coming to a supermarket near you, says Josh Barrie

British households threw away 7.2 million tons of food in 2011

Tesco food waste: It's not just their fault. We need to rediscover the joys of Tupperware

Waste is a collective problem, and it starts in the home

You can tell who people vote for just by looking at their shopping bags

Are we really that obvious in our ways? It appears we are.

Packed lunches were a marker of class at school - banning them might bring children together

I usually struggle to comprehend pretty much everything Gove says, but this time, I think he might have a point

It's easy to say North VS South - but what about about Cornwall?

The area is vastly different to other places in the South, but it tends to be ignored

A Wetherspoon's on the motorway? I'll have a curry, a few pints, and a breath mint for the drive

Whether the chain serves food, or the belief that most people would stick to a lemonade, I think it’s only prodding that susceptible someone to take a risk

Goal-line technology is where football intervention must end

Hawk-Eye is justifiable considering the anguish it will curb, but any further technological advances would harm the pure of nature football

Don't claim Irish ancestry because it's St Patrick's Day, just enjoy it!

No one cares how Irish or how un-Irish you are; we can all still celebrate

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn