Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Digital Arts Editor for The Independent. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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BBC4's All Aboard! The Canal Trip: unhurried, unobtrusive pace

All Aboard: The Canal Trip: BBC Four's ‘most boring TV show ever’ is surprise ratings hit

‘Slow TV’ show was watched by more than half a million

L’allée Des Alyscamps by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh work painted a month before artist chopped ear off sells for $66 million at Sotheby's

It led a spring sale that exceeded estimates by tens of millions

Shades of glory: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

The Who confirmed for Glastonbury 2015: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend to play Pyramid stage as Sunday night headliners

Paul Weller will take to the stage before the remaining Who members

Joint venture: Emma Rice directing 'The Umbrellasof Cherbourg'

Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Kneehigh’s Emma Rice as new artistic director

She follows Mark Rylance and Dominic Dromgoole’s tenures

U2's Songs of Innocence album sleeve

Russian politician to sue Apple for distributing 'gay propaganda' in form of U2 album

LDPR party member Alexander Starovoitov is taking legal action on behalf of his son

Badly Drawn Boy, Warpaint and The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess

Latitude 2015 line-up more names announced: The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy and Warpaint

Roni Size and the Boomtown Rats are among the newly announced acts

Nigel Farage appeared on Have I Got News For You last year

Joke is on Nigel Farage as police refuse to investigate BBC over Have I Got News For You

None of the other political parties complained about the satirical show

Kirsten Wiig as the Mother of Dragons

Kristen ‘Daenerys Targaryen’ Wiig reveals she knows nothing about Game of Thrones on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show

This has been the most exciting glimpse of Khaleesi since series 5 started

In The Iceberg, artist Marion Coutts gave a fearless account of the death of her husband, the Independent art critic Tom Lubbock, from a brain tumour

Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2015: Marion Coutts wins for memoir about husband Tom Lubbock's brain tumour struggle

The Iceburg has won this year's most coveted medical-literary accolade

'Eliza' by Michael Gaskell, one of three works in the running for the BP Portrait Award

BP Portrait award 2015: Three-time runner-up Michael Gaskell makes final shortlist (again)

He’s come second three times – will the prize be his this year?

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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
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada