Oliver Duff

Oliver Duff was appointed Editor of i in June 2013. He was previously Executive Editor at The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday, running the newsroom. Formerly a reporter, gossip columnist and news editor, he was fired as the magazine's bar critic after three weeks. A diver and surfer, he's interested in nature and science, politics and diplomacy.

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Election 2015: The big five of British politics

i Editor's letter: Now it's over to you

Hundreds of Oceanic Blacktip sharks gather together to attack a shoal of anchovy off the coast of South Africa

Great white sharks - the misunderstood giants with a softer side

'Yes, it’s dangerous, but they are not mindless killers'

Great White Sharks in South Africa feed on fur seals and have evolved extraordinary abilities to find their prey

Shark facts: The fearsome fish in numbers

As a new BBC series aims to rehabilitate the great white shark’s image as a terrifying killer, we look at some facts surrounding the ocean's most dangerous predator

Ragged Tooth Sharks live in and around shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina

Morne Hardenberg: 'Great white sharks have a softer side most people never get to see'

Oliver Duff speaks to a naturalist brave enough to swim with great white sharks

i Editor's Letter: iDebate finds democracy lives at Silicon Beach

We headed to Bournemouth to stage our fifth debate

i Editor's Letter: Our great spectacle of humanity

I’ll miss the spectacle of humanity  that is the London Marathon this year – I’m away seeing family. The 30,000 used to run past my doorstep when I lived in a dodgy block of  flats near Tower Bridge, which did make nipping over the road for milk quite a challenge. And I’ll never forget the year we stood on the final corner outside Buckingham Palace, where we saw one stricken runner lifted to his feet by fellow competitors, who carried him 200 metres over the finishing line.

i Editor's Letter: Welcome back Nigella, defying the haters

I was cheered to hear that Nigella Lawson is returning to our screens, her first solo cooking show here since the agonisingly public breakdown of her marriage to Charles Saatchi – and the drug revelations used to try to trash her character. All for the crime of being grabbed by the throat, remember.

i Editor's Letter: Most powerful woman in British politics

No one can vote for her. If her troops perform spectacularly, they will still hold only one in every 13 seats in the Commons. And yet Nicola Sturgeon may help to decide who the next Prime Minister is – and shape his actions in office.

i Editor's Letter: i heads for booming Bournemouth

We’re coming to Bournemouth a week on Tuesday, for our next  iDebate. Our panellists will contest  the motion, “Political chaos on 8 May  would be good for British democracy.” If you haven’t been to one of our iDebates – and we’ve so far staged them in Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds – the debating teams slug it out, the audience gets to challenge them, and afterwards we lay on free drinks for the crowd. This iDebate is staged for students (uni or college), who seem to have been forgotten in the election. The venue is Talbot Heath School, doors open 5.30pm, kick-off 6pm. You can apply for the 300 free tickets at  ind.pn/idebatebournemouth.

A photograph from the last iDebate in Manchester Town Hall

i Editor's Letter: iDebate heads for booming Bournemouth to contest the motion - Political chaos on 8 May would be good for British democracy

The panel will feature i and Independent journalists Oliver Wright, Jane Merrick, Simon O'Hagan, Steve Richards and Hannah Fearn. Get your tickets now

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