Max Benwell

Max Benwell is a Writer and Commissioning Editor at Independent Voices.

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Whatever this person is doing on their laptop, it's unlikely they're emailing

Poll: Are the days of email over?

When web-based emailing first swooshed onto our screens in the 90s, it revolutionised the way we communicate. And for many of us, it’s still the best way to send things to each other. But among young people (aka "The Future") could the days of sending and receiving (and occasionally retrieving) already be over?

A police officer stands outside a polling station

The local election results prove why everyone should be forced to vote

Compulsory online voting would revolutionise the way our political system works

The moment Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott winked during a serious radio phone-in

Video: What was he winking?

Oh no, it's happened again - another politician has embarrassed themselves in front of a camera. Although not because they couldn't answer a simple question, but because they didn't even realise it was there.

Poll: Should office romances be kept secret?

With all the stressful demands of work today, and the increasingly long hours, it's no surprise that romantic indiscretions often arise in the workplace. For some, it's just another perk of the job. Or in some cases, the only perk.

Nick Clegg is cut to size in ‘The Un-credible Shrinking Man’

Labour's Uncredible Shrinking Man isn't the worst political broadcast, but one of many

If you think Labour's latest film taking potshots at the coalition is the worst you've ever seen, then you obviously haven't seen these...

Nigel Farage masks worn at the spring conference

Poll: Is Ukip a racist party?

 

Jeremy Paxman has spent years terrifying guests, but was bested twice last week
An English Defence League rally earlier this year

It's not racism that makes me feel uncomfortable celebrating St George's Day

England is a great place to be, but unlike our neighbours we have enjoyed centuries of independence

David Moyes applauds the travelling United support following their elimination from Europe
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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering