Oscar Quine

Oscar Quine is a writer, reporter and editorial assistant across The Independent titles

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Unease over police trial of hi-tech DNA machines amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed

The RapidHIT machines remove the need for forensic expertise

Postcard from... Tsuyama

The fleeting visit of the spring blossom to Japan is a major event in the country’s calendar.

'420 Day' pro-cannabis rally at Hyde Park, London

4/20 Hyde Park: Marijuana users descend on London park for annual smoke-in

Tokers and jokers gather for serious talk on drug laws

About 100 million sharks are slaughtered each year, mostly to meet demand from affluent Chinese for shark fin soup

Illegal shark fins discovered at exclusive London Chinese restaurant

The stock has been confiscated and destroyed by Trading Standards

Lou Direito interview: KFC's development chef on the challenge of chicken, and the Colonel's heavily-guarded secret recipe

Direito has worked in the food industry for 17 years and oversees the development of products including dipped bites, the Godfather burger and pulled chicken

Box-fresh at 200mph: A bullet train races past Mount Fuji

Joy of bullet-train bento: the world's finest packed lunches

Ekiben form part of a rich global tradition of good nosh helping to pass the time on a train journey. Oscar Quine tucks in

Oscar Quine tries out the wearable sleeping bag during his ‘faux-festival’ experience in Holland Park, London

The Sleepwalker is the latest festival gear

Oscar Quine takes to a London park to try out the innovative onesie

One half of Lion Babe Jillian Hervey

Lion Babe on working with Pharrell, Mark Ronson and developing their sound

The New York duo hit six million streams for their first EP. No wonder Pharrell and Mark Ronson are on board

George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize

George the Poet, Village Underground, review: Spoken word artist brims with infectious energy

On the page, his words can seem academic and a little clinical. Performed live though, his energy and charisma leaven them

Waiter service for diners begins at 6pm with Pret A Manger’s new ‘Good Evenings’ menu, at its Strand branch in London

Can Pret a Manger cut it as a dining venue?

One central London branch is piloting dinner service until 11pm - part of a wider trend of fast food establishments branching out into the restaurant world

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions