Rebecca Armstrong

Rebecca Armstrong is features editor for The Independent and i paper.

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Does the world really need your novel?

National novel writing month has kicked off. Now just for the small matter of motivation

Minecraft, the biggest thing in gaming will now come in books

Minecraft: The joy of making and breaking in a world without parents

My stepdaughter has opened up the world of virtual construction to me

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow starred in The Great Gatsby in 1974

Revenge is a dish best served... by a woman

Examples abound of gifted goddesses of vengeance, but my approach has always been, frankly, quite rubbish

Hats off to the sanitary towel sellers

Tampons are a tough sell - I'm wishing the best of luck to Edith Bowman in her new advertising campaign

Book review: Georgian London: Into the Streets, By Lucy Inglis

From the zoo to the one-way system, the 18th-century capital might be strangely familiar to us

Where's the guide to parenting your mum and dad?

I've been trying - without success - to get my mum online

A British Shorthair kitten plays with a toy mouse

People who write about their cats used to make my eyes roll. How things change

The hidden philosophical appeal of cat literature

With the Garmin HUD, there's no getting mired in the multicoloured madness of a traditional sat-nav map

A week with: Garmin HUD - a simpler, smarter sat-nav

Price: £129 for the unit (garmin.co.uk); the Western European App £59.99 (iTunes/Googleplay/Windows)
Features: Bluetooth connectivity; integrated USB port on the power cable for phone charging

Teleman were among the eclectic mix of performers who braved yesterday's rain at Festival No.6

Festival No 6 review: The music was overpowering – and so was the Welsh weather

Johnny Marr had the audience spinning, and your reviewer wiping a tear from her eye

Festival-goers play on the human chess board from the cult TV series The Prisoner

Festival No 6, Day 1 review: Edginess takes a back seat to eccentricity and enchantment

First day of Portmeirion-based festival hosts Everything Everything and James Blake

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'