Lucy Hunter Johnston

Lucy is the Associate Editor of Independent Voices

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One in seven British beer buyers bought non-alcoholic varieties in 2013

Dry January: If there's one thing more boring than giving up alcohol, it's talking about it

The idea of paying someone simply not to get pissed for four weeks seems utterly absurd

Internet phenomenon turned author - Zoella (Zoe Suggs) at her book signing in Bluewater

Zoella: Yes, using a ghostwriter matters when your whole brand is built on being authentic

If you want to be published, either amass millions of followers, or let someone who has done so take the credit for your work

The Elgin statue of river god Ilissos has been at the British Museum since 1918

Should Britain return the Elgin Marbles?

The Elgin Marbles are leaving British soil for the first time since they were brought here in the 19th century, but only for a brief sojourn to Russia.

Nick Conrad is wrong about Ched Evans: rape is about violence, not passion

Men aren’t idiots, unable to understand the difference between enthusiastic mutual consent and drunken torpor

A host of big name acts recorded 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' in London on Saturday

Is Band Aid 30 better than the original?

Band Aid is back, with Harry Styles, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding in place of George Michael, Sting and Simon Le Bon.

Sainsbury's Christmas advert 2014: Nothing says ‘Merry Xmas folks!’ like trench warfare

If the Great War is now fair game for advertisers, are we now 87 years away from a moving Christmas tale set in the Twin Towers?

Kim Kardashian: Papermag pictures really could break the internet

This is not a woman who makes a single unplanned step

10 best scented candles

11 best scented candles

Fill your rooms with luxurious winter aromas, selected by  IndyBest

Benedict Cumberbatch attends the London premiere of his new film The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged - and women everywhere should rejoice

Just like Clooney, Cumberbatch has fallen for a woman who is, well, pretty darn excellent

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Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?