Nick Clark

Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.

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UK Living Wage is £7.65 per hour in November 2013

Areas of Britain are ‘salary blackspots’, say trade unions

Analysis of official figures from the House of Commons Library shows one in five jobs overall in Britain pays less than the living wage

Muhammad Ali after throwing the ‘phantom punch’ at Sonny Liston during their rematch in 1965

Muhammad Ali’s ‘phantom punch’ gloves sell for nearly $1m

The gloves were bought by an anonymous bidder for $956,000

Hilary Mantel’s novel was judged to have changed the landscape

Wolf Hall outstanding novel of our time, say Bath Festival judges

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Bath Literature Festival, now The Independent Bath Literature Festival, Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel was deemed the overall winner

Serial was the fastest downloaded podcast in Apple’s iTunes store’s history

Real-life murder mystery Serial leads to a boom in podcast downloads

Five million downloads of real-life crime podcast is good news for the 'spoken-word Spotify'

Man who invented the mug shot: The ground-breaking work of Alphonse Bertillon

As a new exhibition investigates the evolution of the forensic sciences, Nick Clark pores over the unparalleled contribution of the visionary 19th-century criminal profiler Alphonse Bertillon
Gary Yershon's first Oscar nomination has come after four decades of composing scores

Oscars 2015: Meet the unsung composer who waited 40 years to be nominated

His first nomination could be his last so Gary Yershon is making the most of his time in the LA sun, finds Nick Clark

Pete Doherty crucified - for art

A life-size sculpture by Nick Reynolds depicting singer Pete Doherty on a crucifix hangs in St Marylebone

Professor Stephen Hawking with Adaeze Uyanwah yesterday

Stephen Hawking: Aggression could destroy us

“It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

The famous hotel was the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup

T in the Park’s relocation annoys nearby Gleneagles

The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles would be two miles from the planned site

Tourists use a selfie stick outside a New York landmark

Museums rile amateur photographers with ban on selfie sticks

UK institutions consider whether to follow US lead and prohibit camera craze

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own