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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Katy Perry was known as Katy Hudson during her Christian rock days

Why don't Christian Contemporary Music acts ever make it into the mainstream?

Their music sells by the bucketload, their tours are huge and, in the US, they're more popular than jazz and blues put together
The Periscope app, pictured, appears to be winning the battle against its rival, Meerkat

Periscope app: Good news for voyeurs - but is video streaming any more worthy of our attention?

Periscope is an app launched by Twitter that facilitates live video streaming from your smartphone

The puppet show: Leila Johnston, the self-proclaimed 'ringmaster' of Hack Circus, with 'Cthulhu'

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Performer and publisher Leila Johnston's Hack Circus brings technology, art and learning together in live events. Rhodri Marsden meets the mistress of ceremonies
'Prison Architect' players decide the fate of inmates

'Prison Architect': A clever way of exploring how the penal system is run or an ethical offence?

'Prison Architect' allows players to build and run their own jails. Rhodri Marsden reports.

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: General George Pickett's shad bake

Three Confederate generals enjoyed the local tradition in a secluded part of Virginia 150 years ago this week, while Pickett's troops were being annihilated in what became known as the "Waterloo" of the Confederacy

In recent months Twitter has been forced to recognise that bullied people walking away isn't good for its reputation

Twitter has introduced a quality filter, but can it keep the bullies out?

Twitter says the filter "aims to remove all tweets from your notifications timeline that contain threats, offensive or abusive language… or are sent from suspicious accounts"

Radio 1's rundown of the hit parade moves to a new slot

Top 40 moves from Sunday to Friday: A battle to preserve the relevance of the chart for a younger generation

For 48 years, Radio 1's rundown of the hit parade lifted teen spirits every Sunday night. As it moves to a new Friday teatime slot, Rhodri Marsden wonders if the kids will be all right

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Pope Pius VII's paper crown

Pius VI's papal tiaras had been destroyed or looted, so the assembled throng came to a practical solution when Pope Pius VII was crowned...

The UN has pulled together a 'happiness playlist' featuring Pharrell Williams along with other artists

International Day Of Happiness: Our happiness is one of the most complex issues we'll ever wrestle with

27 per cent of UK adults rate their life satisfaction as "very high" – but what does that mean?
The Woolet - a bluetooth-powered, self-charging wallet

Woolet wallet: Leaving valuables behind could be a thing of the past if tech firms have their way

Woolet is a Bluetooth-powered, self-charging wallet that sends an alert to your phone to advise you that you've moved out of a specified catchment area

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living