Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Lauren Laverne is the most popular presenter on Radio 6 Music

Once beleaguered BBC 6 Music wins biggest-ever 2m audience

Popular presenters like Lauren Laverne have helped the Radio station - which gets a quarter of its audience online - to new success

Swimming instructor Lindsay Booth was fired by Lord Alan this week

The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth sent home in double firing

And then there were 15...two female candidates axed by Lord Alan this week

Mike Read, former DJ

Mike Read 'apologises unreservedly' for Ukip Calypso and withdraws it from sale

The former BBC presenter and disc jockey came under fire for singing in a faux-Jamaican accent

Mike Read, former DJ

Mike Read defends ‘racist’ UKIP song: ‘You can’t sing Calypso in a Surrey accent’

The former disc jockey sings in a mock-Jamaican accent on a single to raise money for Nigel Farage’s party

Chloe Jasmine was one of the acts voted off the show

X Factor 2014 results: Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala sent home

Two of Cheryl's girls get the chop as judges vote to save Stereo Kicks

Tim Wonnacott dancing the pasadoble

Strictly Come Dancing The Result: Bargain Hunt's 'Antique bloke' Tim Wonnacott voted off after pasodoble

Tonight saw the Bargain Hunt presenter dresses as a matador

Would you eat Fukushima soup? Frieze visitors queue up to risk 'delicious' yet possibly toxic radish broth

Londoners show solidarity with the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl by putting themselves at risk from (conceptually) radioactive broth

X Factor boy band Stereo Kicks

Stereo Sicks? X Factor live show to go ahead as planned despite contestants falling ill

Five of the talent show finalists have fallen ill this week

Christian Bale is rumoured to be playing Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's Apple biopic

Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in Apple biopic

The Batman is the latest star linked to the role in Danny Boyle's upcoming film

Harry Potter studied Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as part of his required reading at Hogwarts

JK Rowling's Harry Potter movie spin-off Fantastic Beasts to be 'at least' a trilogy

The Newt Scamander films will be set 70 years before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker