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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Psy has admitted to drinking a lot of vodka

Psy: Vodka is my best friend and vice partner

Psy’s YouTube channel might have hit its three billionth view earlier this month, but the king of Korean pop is not immune to the pressures of fame despite his success. He has admitted in a candid interview that vodka is his “best friend”.

WAG! The Musical Alyssa Kyria as Ariadne the Greek Wag

Wag! The Musical reviews round-up: The biggest turkey to hit the West End in years?

It has been described as everything from a dog's dinner to an iceberg of terrible and awarded a desultory one-star by some of the most respected theatre critics in town. Could Wag! The Musical take the crown as the worst musical ever to hit the West End?

Sergei Filin as artistic director, left; post attack, right

Bolshoi's Sergei Filin left blind in one eye by acid attack

The artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre Sergei Filin has undergone 22 operations and has been left blind in one eye after the acid attack which plunged the famous ballet company into crisis six months ago.

Andrew Marr to return to BBC One show after stroke

Journalist Andrew Marr is set to return his Sunday morning BBC One show at the beginning of September.

The Banksy mural in 2012 on a wall in Wood Green, north London, left, and the same wall after it went missing, right

No Ball Games: Anger as another Banksy removed from north London wall

The company who sold the Banksy mural "Slave Labour" have prompted further outcry after a second well-loved artwork was removed from a north London wall yesterday to be put up for auction commercially.

Michael Jackson pictured in 2006

Blogger banned from Michael Jackson wrongful death trial for taking photographs

A blogger has been banned from Michael Jackson’s unlawful death trial after being accused of taking pictures of jurors.

Coronation Tweet: Brooke Vincent, one of the ITV soap actresses caught up in Channel 4's Dispatches sting

Coronation Street Dispatches sting: Channel 4 to broadcast 'Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans' despite ITV legal threat

ITV has threatened to sue Channel 4 if the programme airs

Actress Amanda Bynes arriving for a court appearance in Manhattan earlier this month

Troubled She's The Man actress Amanda Bynes sectioned after allegedly setting fire to herself

She’s The Man actress Amanda Bynes has been sectioned following a disturbance in Southern California during which she is alleged to have set fire to herself and the driveway of a residential property.

Still shows Harry and Zayn in One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' video

Can One Direction trounce Avicci's fastest-selling single of 2013 with 'Best Song Ever'?

It’s a song title that smacks of Simon Cowell-like levels of self-satisfaction. But One Direction, who are represented by the X Factor mogul’s Syco label, do not appear to have done themselves a disservice by calling their latest single “Best Song Ever” as it has rocketed into second place in the midweek charts and been watched 12.3 million times on Vevo in its first 24 hours.

The Cuckoo's Calling' is displayed on a shelf at a book store in London. The crime novel has sold out after Harry Potter author JK Rowling was revealed as the book's author

JK Rowling's unmasking boosts sales of The Cuckoo's Calling

Just a few days after JK Rowling was unmasked as the author behind crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling sales of the book have more than tripled.

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam