Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Magic roundabouts: York

The magic of roundabouts

Statues, a giant cockerel, windmills … the UK's traffic islands have everything, according to the Roundabout Appreciation Society. The what? asks Rhodri Marsden

Hilary North's 'How My Life Has Changed', 2001

Why do we like making lists?

Overwhelmed by modern life? Then try drawing up a list. 1) It will make you feel in control; 2) It's good for the brain; and 3) It will put you in league with historical figures from the Ancient Egyptians to Pablo Picasso, says Rhodri Marsden

The Chinese flag: flown for the first time on 1 October,1949

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Audiphone

The device was granted a patent 135 years ago this week and offered a 30 decibel boost to ambient noises

Who are you calling a hipster? Vegan cafés, bikes and turn-ups in Broadway Market, Hackney, east London

Hipster hate is everywhere - but is there a little bit of them in all of us?

With their contrived facial hair, fixed-gear bikes and craft beers, hipsters are a highly visible target for condemnation and comedy. But are critics just hypocrites?
It's only a few weeks since everyone was talking about Yo, the app that converts a tap on your phone into a 'Yo!' sound on someone else's

Rhodri Marsden: 'I've deleted Wakie - apps need to be useful, not just fun'

The apps that people write about and read about seem to revel in their own preposterousness -valuing flamboyance over utility

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The first British board game

* "He who rests at Rome (48) for kissing ye Pope's Toe shall be banished for his folly to the cold island of Iceland (4) and miss three turns." This was the kind of excitement that awaited players of A Journey Through Europe, a game launched 255 years ago and acknowledged to be the first British board game. Eight shillings got you a cloth-backed map and a set of instructions (or 'Explanation') that promised an educational spin around the Continent.

The animosity towards the Google Glass is overstated

Why is Google Glass the whipping boy for anyone worried about privacy issues?

Other gadgets that don't announce their presence so obviously will continue to do the actual surveillance, argues Rhodri Marsden

Time and time again: the popular daytime quiz has been a fixture on Channel 4 since 1982

Countdown: What's the winning formula that makes this the longest-running game show in television history?

As 'Countdown' becomes the longest-running game show in television history, Rhodri Marsden visits the website where the show's true obsessives go to hone their skills

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Mastermind chair

* Forty-two years ago this week, the Radio Times alerted us to the first screening of a "new and exciting brain game" called Mastermind.

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