Matthew Norman

Press Awards Columnist of the Year 2008, the political commentator Matthew Norman also writes The Independent’s media diary.

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Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis casts his vote in the country's referendum

Evel Economakis proves nominative determinism alive and well in Greece

Like the fact that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon, a byline from Economakis seems too good to be true

John Noakes was everyone’s favourite presenter in the 1970s. It’s a shock to realise the eternal boy scout is now an octogenarian suffering from dementia

How remarkable that John Noakes still has the power to affect me so

The image of the 81-year-old slipping down a storm drain is viciously depressing

I’ll support England’s women, but it’s not like men’s football – and that’s a good thing

Men’s football makes you psychotic, and your allegiance to a team obliterates morality

Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leadership frontrunner, is calling for an arms policy overhaul

Lib Dems shouldn’t put their faith in divine intervention

Farron’s latest claim that he lacks ambition hints at a sinfully laissez faire relationship with the Commandment

A cancer patient undergoes a CT scan. Around 300,000 new cancer diagnoses are made in the UK every year (Getty)

Untold lives wouldn’t need saving if we followed the Cuban model of focusing on preventative healthcare

If you want to improve cancer survival rates, the answer isn’t bypassing specialists

From left: Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham at the televised Labour leadership debate last night

For just £3, you could help make the Corbyn fantasy come true

A victory for Jeremy would be the most dramatic upset in political history

London taxi's line up on The Mall during a protest against a new smart phone app, 'Uber' on 11 June 2014 in London, England.

Uber is overwhelming – London black cabs’ only future is tourism and tetchy Tories

The black cabs may never surrender, but they will be defeated by the internet

Regrets: I’ve had a few, but then again they stop me being a sociopathic monster

The capacity to feel debased by imperfection is an essential building block of what it means to be human

If you’re worried about Bilderberg, just take a look at the guest list...

Even the most fanciful alarmist will accept that Michael O’Leary could play no part in global domination

Great Auntie Liz takes Yvette on a merry tap dance to Westminster

If Yvette’s Hampshire childhood wasn’t quite as Dickensian as her story hints, the last thing she’d do is ramp up the poverty cred to appeal to her electorate

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'