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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If we want to sit down, surely we can simply ask?

Should MPs have stood up for Jo Swinson? Nobody likes to be patronised, and the age of chivalry – which promotes the myth of feminine weakness – is thankfully dead. But pregnancy is no piece of cake, with the morning sickness, numb arms, swollen feet and overwhelming tiredness.

Ellie Cole star of the 'Eastleigh's Got Talent' viral

Woman secretly filmed dancing at bus stop wins theatre role

Waiting for the bus can be pretty tedious. But a young woman from Eastleigh who decided to pass the time on the pavement by tapping her feet, swaying her hips and dancing to herself can have had no idea it would lead to overnight fame and a role in a stage play.

The actor Tom Hanks was on jury duty in Los Angeles this week

Tom Hanks' jury duty ends after 'star struck' prosecutor accused of misconduct

A domestic violence court case in America, on which Tom Hanks sat as a juror, has been brought to an early end amid allegations of jury tampering after the Hollywood actor was reportedly approached by a “star struck” member of the prosecutor’s office.

Susanna Reid interviewing Arctic Monkey Alex Turner

Susanna Reid signs Arctic Monkey Alex Turner up for Strictly Come Dancing 2014

BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid has elicited a verbal commitment from Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul! Breaking Bad spin-off revealing Saul Goodman's past

Breaking Bad addicts can cheer up. The series might be coming to an end this month, but its makers have given the go ahead to a one-off prequel episode revealing Saul Goodman’s past.

Downton Abbey series four: Ten things you need to know

Downton Abbey has been screened in 220 territories to an estimated global audience of 120 million people in just three series.

Novelist Jim Crace who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker for Harvest

Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist announced: Jim Crace leads the six authors with his swan song Harvest

The shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize has been announced with Jim Crace already being touted as the "marginal favourite" to take the top literary prize.

Jimmy Kimmel admits 'Worst Twerk Fail Ever' video which fooled 9m is fake

The American comedian and Jimmy Kimmel Live! host unveils his latest high profile prank

Batwoman can't have lesbian wedding 'because heroes shouldn't have happy personal lives'

DC Comics' co-publisher responds to the furore after Batwoman co-authors resign

Inside the Big Brother house 2013

Please go to the Diary Room...National Trust to open Big Brother house to the public

If you’d like enter the Diary Room, bounce on the overstuffed furniture and marvel at the close confines of a reality TV experiment that has last over a decade, now might be your chance as the National Trust is set to open the Big Brother House to the public for one weekend later this month.

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