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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Royal baby playlist: Songs that may (or may not) reflect Britain's mood in response to arrival of the Prince of Cambridge

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Actor Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman who played a TV cop on Law & Order during his wide-ranging career, has died at the age of 69.

Law and Order actor Dennis Farina dies aged 69

The American actor Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman best known for playing tough guy roles on both sides of the law, has died aged 69.

Rapper Lil' Kim had been due to perform at Lovebox

Lil' Kim apologises to fans after Lovebox gig cancelled

Lovebox organisers say they were forced to cancel Lil' Kim's appearance at the London-based festival this weekend after the singer arrived late.

Morrissey has cancelled 22 shows in America due to ill health

American tour snuffed out: Emotional Morrissey hints at withdrawal from music business after 'lack of funding' forces yet another cancellation

Morrissey has already cancelled the majority of his tour dates this year due to ill health. But now the former The Smiths frontman has had to axe what remained of his South American tour due to a “lack of funding” - and has hinted that he is set to abandon the music business in favour of the “art of doing nothing”.

Charlie Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex

Masters Of Sex: Michael Sheen set to hit British television screens as 1950s sex expert William Masters

Channel 4 is known for broadcasting controversial documentaries about sex. But the channel is now set to showcase a "classy period drama" featuring Michael Sheen as a pioneering sex expert.

I'll be back: The Exterminators (aka The Daleks) make a return for the BBC's 50th anniversary Doctor Who special

Exterminate! The Daleks to return for Doctor Who 50th anniversary special

Hide behind your sofas: the Daleks are among the Time Lord's fearsome foes set to make a return for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who.

The Voice coach Jessie J has taken against Will.i.am's song choices

Jessie J quits The Voice to promote new record

Jessie J has quit the BBC's talent show The Voice after just two series in order to promote a new record.

Former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins who appeared on This Morning to add to a debate about children's names.

Katie Hopkins branded an 'insufferable snob' after This Morning debate on children's names

Former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins has caused outrage with an appearance on ITV’s This Morning by claiming that she “didn’t like” children with "lower class” names such as Charmaine, Chantelle, Chardonnay and Tyler and that she would prevent her own offspring from playing with them.

Vicky Pattison of UK reality TV series, Geordie Shore, who has been 'removed' from the show following her arrest

Geordie Shore filming suspended as stars Vicky Pattison and Holly Hagan arrested for assault

Geordie Shore depicts the city of Newcastle’s young people as airheaded hedonists with the sexual decorum of bonobo chimps, The Independent’s TV critic once remarked.

Bernie Nolan arrives for the evening Breast Cancer Care's London fashion show at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 5 October 2011 in London, England. The singer and actress died of the disease today aged 52.

Bernie Nolan, lead singer of The Nolans and star of Brookside, dies of cancer aged 52

The former lead singer of The Nolans, a 1980s girl group best known for hits "I'm In The Mood For Dancing" and "Don't Make Waves", has died of breast cancer aged 52.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice